Managing Cardiac Disease and Enhancing Health
Working with patients to help them understand how to manage cardiac disease and improve their overall cardiac health is an important focus of Mosaic Life Care’s cardiovascular care. Through Mosaic Life Care’s cardiac rehabilitation program, heart patients not only are able to regain heart health, they are also able to prevent additional heart problems in the future and work toward better overall health.
Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients meet these goals by working closely with a multidisciplinary team, which may include nurses, physicians, health educators, clinical exercise physiologists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, spiritual health care providers and psychologists. Team members help heart patients identify specific disease and lifestyle risk factors such as diet, blood pressure, weight, smoking, exercise and stress, which may adversely affect their cardiac and general health. Patients receive personal attention through one-on-one counseling, as well as important group support.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program includes three basic phases:
Phase I occurs in the hospital and begins following a heart attack, angioplasty, heart surgery or other cardiac events or procedures that require close monitoring. During this phase, patients progress to a low level of activity and education is emphasized.
Phase II occurs after hospitalization and focuses on individual exercise prescriptions and continued education. Using state-of-the-art exercise equipment, this phase emphasizes aerobic activity but may also include muscle strengthening and flexibility. Phase II also facilitates the improvement of coronary disease risk factors through lifestyle modification.
Maintenance Programs – This phase provides a maintenance program tailored to a participant’s specific risk factors. Treatment plans are guided by participant goals, needs and capabilities. In this phase, participants will discover their strengths while adjusting their lifestyles for optimum health. Many participants are able to fully resume their normal activities of work and leisure.