Published in NJ Heart and Lung News
Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that helps people with heart disease reduce their risk of a life-threatening event.
You may benefit from cardiac rehab if you have a heart condition, such as:
- a heart attack
- congestive heart failure
- coronary artery disease (CAD)
or if you have had a heart procedure, such as:
- a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- insertion of one or more stents
- percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
What is cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab combines a variety of therapies and interventions designed to help you improve your overall health and recover from a serious heart condition. In order to do that, you will work with a team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, and counselors. This interdisciplinary team will teach and encourage you to make the changes you need to live a healthy life.
Exercise is an important component of cardiac rehab. Because your heart is already weakened, your exercise program must be carefully designed and monitored by trained, experienced therapists. In cardiac rehab, you will work with therapists who will ensure that you begin and build on a safe exercise program to strengthen your heart.
Lifestyle changes are often essential for recovering from heart disease. If you smoke, you will receive counseling and support to help you quit. If you eat in an unhealthy way, you will learn how to make healthier food choices that are still enjoyable.
Stress is a major risk factor in heart disease. Cardiac rehab offers you sensitive help in identifying — and learning to manage — the stress in your life so that it does not impact your health.
Is cardiac rehab covered by insurance?
Medicare and private insurance cover most of the conditions and procedures listed above. Coverage does vary, however. Be sure to check with your insurer to see if you are eligible.
At the NJ Heart and Lung Center™ of Regency Jewish Heritage, you will have an individualized plan, proven to prevent readmission to the hospital, and to improve your independence.
Regency Jewish has partnered with the area's leading cardiologists and pulmonologists to create a program that:
- Reduces hospital readmissions and patient length of stay
- Maximizes ability for patient to regain ADL skills and independence
- Offers 24/7/365 physician coverage through on-site staff and advanced telemedicine program
- Has an on-site sleep study program to unlock Medicare benefit for Bipap utilization upon discharge
- Offers STAT availability of Labs, X-Ray and other diagnostic tools
Our Outcomes & Capabilities include:
- Cardiologist and pulmonologist on site daily for immediate intervention
- Specialized rehab & nursing protocols developed in partnership with leading cardiologists & pulmonologists
- A plan proven to prevent readmission to the hospital and improve patient independence and functionality
- Regular Communication Between Patient, Family, Staff & Physicians
- Collaborative care planning with other physician & therapy specialists
- Advanced staff education & training
- Transitional care nurse & enhanced discharge-to-home process
- Follow-up home visit within 24-48 hours
- Educational material provided to patients & families
Regency prides itself on offering the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means always listening to our residents and patients and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence. And always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards. Contact us by clicking here.