Following a cardiovascular event – such as a heart attack, balloon angioplasty, or even heart surgery - patients often need specifically designed rehabilitation to significantly improve cardiac health. With that in mind, St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin opened the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in 2014.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team, led by Medical Director Ravinder Bachireddy M.D., FACC, co-founder of the Heart Institute of East Texas, consists of an on-site Supervising Cardiologist, Registered Nurse, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and other healthcare professionals.
PROMOTING CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND INDIVIDUAL WELL-BEING
- Research-centered patient-specific care
- Specific exercise prescription
- Risk factor assessment
- Nutritional assessment
- Lifestyle modification
BENEFITS OF CARDIAC REHABILITATION
Research indicates that patients who undergo cardiac rehabilitation have 25-30% reduction in heart attacks and strokes. Exercise can provide great benefits for those with cardiovascular conditions.
- Increase in skeletal/cardiac muscle strength
- Enhance physical functioning and ability for independent living
- Decrease myocardial demands and strain over time
- High activity levels are associated with lower death rates from coronary artery disease
- Reduced blood platelet adhesiveness and aggregation
- Reduce systolic/diastolic blood pressures
- Increase insulin sensitivity, improve glucose tolerance
- Increase good (HDL) cholesterol and decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Reduced total body fat
- Decreased anxiety and depression
The individualized cardiac rehabilitation program typically lasts between 6-12 weeks and consists of 2-3 exercise and/or education sessions per week. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of each patient, including continuous heart and hemodynamic monitoring to ensure healthy progression and cardiovascular wellness.