At Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, cardiac rehabilitation is an individualized, step-by-step program designed to support each patient's specific cardiovascular needs.
By building strength and endurance, the program safely and effectively helps you overcome some of the physical complications of heart disease and reduce further risk for developing additional heart problems.
In collaboration with your physician, our team of cardiac rehab specialists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and certified diabetes educators evaluates your needs and designs a program specifically for you. This process includes:
- A medical evaluation to assess your physical abilities, medical limitations, and other relevant conditions and psychosocial needs.
- A telemetry-monitored exercise program with heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose monitoring to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and control diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Lifestyle education to help you improve overall health and reduce the risk of experiencing another life-threatening event. Nutrition education includes tools and services provided by our Smarter Weight program and Freedom From Smoking program.
- Psychosocial support to help you cope with anxiety or depression that may result from your condition or illness. You may benefit from our monthly cardiac support group facilitated by a registered nurse or our education series that deals with issues of stress management.
Cardiac rehabilitation and community fitness services provide rehabilitation and fitness solutions customized to support the unique needs of patients recovering from cardiovascular diseases and conditions. In order to satisfy these unique needs, our cardiac rehab and fitness services may be recommended by your physician in a variety of phases.
Phase I: In the hospital
Cardiac rehabilitation begins soon after a heart attack or cardiac procedure, while you're still in the hospital. The team contributing to your care includes your physician, cardiac rehabilitation nurse educators, staff nurses, dietitians and physical therapists. Your team initially asks you to perform simple activities such as sitting up in bed, range-of-motion exercises and self-care. You gradually progress to walking and limited stair climbing.
Phase II: Early recovery
When you leave the hospital, you need to gradually increase your general activity level, usually under close supervision three times per week for approximately 12 weeks. During this time, you receive an intensive risk factor modification program composed of telemetry monitored exercise, weekly education lectures and dietary counseling. You also learn about smoking cessation, psychological adjustments and finding social support. Participation requires approval from your physician and your insurance company.
Phase III: Cardiac maintenance
The Cardiac Maintenance program is available for graduates of Phase II who wish to continue exercising in a medically supervised setting and those who have a history of cardiac disease. The cardiac rehab team provides weekly blood pressure checks, electrocardiograms (EKGs), and glucose monitoring. Members may participate in the cardiac maintenance program indefinitely. Participation requires approval from your physician.
Phase IV: Community fitness
Cardiac rehabilitation services offer exercise and wellness programs for those without heart disease who have made a lifelong commitment to health. Typically, you do not need regular heart monitoring or medical or nursing supervision while exercising. However, blood pressure, EKG and glucose monitoring is provided as needed. Consultations with a registered dietitian are available and The Smarter Weight and Freedom From Smoking programs continue to be valuable resources to support your goals. Members may participate in the community fitness program indefinitely. Participation may require approval from your physician.