October is National Physical Therapy Awareness Month, but we rarely think of therapy as an aftercare option for our heart disorders. If you’ve suffered from a heart attack, heart disease, or have had a cardiac procedure than you could greatly benefit from cardiac rehabilitative therapy.
What is Cardiac Rehabilitative Therapy?
Therapeutic rehab for your heart entails a multifocal approach. Your cardiologist will provide a step-by-step program to keep your heart as healthy as possible. This will help to stop or stave off any future cardiac issues through education and lifestyle changes.
Cardiac Rehab Includes:
• Lifestyle Changes
• Continuous Monitoring and adjusting your program
Because each patient’s needs are unique, they will require very specific plans depending on the severity of their overall health and contributing factors. First, a diet program will be implemented to keep your heart, and blood free from plaque build-up and atherosclerosis. The Mediterranean diet is usually one of the favored approaches by cardiologists due to its proven results.
Secondly, an exercise program will be put into place to keep your heart pumping and your blood flowing with oxygen density and nutrient-rich platelets. Not everyone is going to be able to workout at the same intensity; some patients will be asked to do chair exercises, while others may be expected to walk 30 minutes per day. It’s going to be tailored to your particular case and then adjusted as needed, once you begin to feel more comfortable and strong.
Thirdly, you’re going to be asked to make any needed lifestyle changes. For example, if you smoke, you will be put on a smoking cessation plan with attainable goals and actions. If you drink excessive alcohol, you will be provided with help to decrease and quit drinking. If you have a difficult time with undue stress, anxiety or depression, your doctor will make the appropriate decision to get you the help you need or put you on specific medications to help you become less stressed or depressed.
Cardiac Rehabilitative Therapy is designed with you and your future heart health in mind. It’s always best to speak directly with your physician before completely changing your diet or exercise program, so once you seek care for a cardiac rehab, your doctor will construct a precise plan to suit your specific needs and incorporate a coordinated lifestyle strategy. Your plan will be monitored closely to make certain that it’s working properly for you and it will also be adjusted as needed as your progress in your heart health.
Rolling Oaks Professional Park
929 N US HWY 441, Suite 201
Lady Lake, FL 32159
It’s your heart.
It should be personal.
And that’s how I treat it.
Dr. Thiruvallur Vallabhan is devoted to keeping your heart at its healthiest. Dr. Vallabhan is a Board Certified Cardiologist, and his mission is to provide The Villages and its surrounding communities with the highest quality cardiac care in a welcoming environment. He and his staff are dedicated to fulfilling the specific cardiac needs of each patient.
To find out more information on the Dr. Vallabhan, your local specialists in the diseases of the heart, veins, and arteries, please call (352) 750-2040 or visit them online at, Drvcardio.com