Why You Should Undertake Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

As you age, your heart health becomes more of a concern and you may need to visit a specialist at a Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. The Harley Street Heart and Vascular offers cardiac rehabilitation packages to patients that develop heart conditions. Cardiac rehab helps you understand your heart health, putting you in a better position to make positive changes, adopt a new lifestyle or take more drastic measures if required. Read on to learn more about why you should think about cardiac rehabilitation.

Why Is Cardiac Rehabilitation Important?

If you develop a heart condition such as angina, heart attack or heart failure it is important to address the underlying lifestyle problems. Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to address the problems, and help you get back to a good quality of life.

Cardiac rehabilitation centers look to address the underlying issues that are causing problems for your body. Some of the most common and highly requested services at a center are:

  • Mental health support in the form of anger management or stress reducing practices
  • Assistance with quitting smoking and preventing the various problems it causes
  • Exercise routines and physical activity programmes that help reduce heart problems
  • Health education that allows you to focus more on living healthily and avoiding problematic lifestyle choices

Clinical trials have shown that people that undertake cardiac rehabilitation live longer and more fulfilling lives.

How Much Does Cardiac Rehabilitation Cost?

Cardiac Rehabilitation

One of the first questions asked when discussing cardiac rehabilitation is the cost. Understandably, most people are reluctant to part with their hard earned wages especially in such a difficult economic time. If you are admitted with a heart attack or heart failure, then often your insurance company will pay for a package of cardiac rehabilitation after discharge.

Cardiac rehabilitation courses typically range from about 2 to 6 months depending on the severity of your situation. The longer required, the more it will cost. The minimum we recommend is 6 session. Each cardiac rehabilitation class will cost between $200 and $400. Depending on where you choose to undergo your rehabilitation, costs will differ. It’s best to speak to your cardiologist to see how many sessions you will require.

Is Cardiac Rehabilitation Difficult?

As a life rule, any form of rehabilitation is difficult. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You’ve taken the first step which is addressing that an issue exists, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this now. Knowing there’s a problem is a huge breakthrough in terms of now dealing with that problem and knowing that it’s time to make your rehabilitation a priority.

Falling ill or dealing with an underlying health issue like heart problems is stressful for anyone. There’s truly nothing pleasant about it and it can have adverse effects on your life, mental health and more. Which is why cardiac rehabilitation is so important. It helps you mitigate a lot of that damage.

For those with heart health problems, it should really be considered a necessity. There are a few ways however that you can make this process easier on yourself and those around you.

The support of your friends and family - knowing that there are those who care about you enough to support you through a tough time is essential for many. It’s hard to go through most things in life alone and rehabilitation is certainly on that list.

Mentally prepare for the difficult times ahead - It’s not enough to just turn up to rehabilitation and hope for the best, you have to fully commit yourself to it. Any form of slacking on any element of your rehabilitation could easily lead to it failing and you ending up worse off than before, wishing you had made the effort.

Accept that your life will change - In fact, it already did once you developed heart health problems. It’s unfortunate but accepting the change of your new lifestyle is very important in moving forward. Ultimately, knowing that you’ve had heart problems means that you could very well be susceptible to them again. Some elements of the rehabilitation may just need to stick with you for life to ensure you don’t end up back here again next year.

The Bottom Line

Like we said earlier, whether you know you have heart health problems already or you’re just being cautious, dealing with it should now be a priority for you. Cardiac rehabilitation could be the difference between you living a challenging and painful life or living a somewhat planned out yet happy and healthy lifestyle. Whether you do this for yourself, for your loved ones or out of sheer necessity, it’s time to take action.

Talk To Us

If you’re in doubt about anything we’ve mentioned above, the best thing to do is to get in touch with one of our highly trained, accredited cardiologists to learn more. They can easily advise you on your individual situation whilst informing you how frequently you should have a heart health check up and what course of action to take otherwise.

If you’re ready to book in your own cardiac heart health screening today, you can click here to make an appointment.

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