at Maine's Mid Coast Hospital
Cardiac Rehabilitation uses exercise, education, and support to assist in the cardiovascular system's healing process. For most people, this is needed after a cardiac problem such as heart attack, angioplasty, open heart surgery, or heart failure. Mid Coast Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
The program consists of 24 to 36 one-hour classes, and includes twelve lectures. Classes are taught by a variety of trained professionals, including a dietary clinician, cardiac nurses, and an exercise physiologist.
Cardiac rehabilitation education topics include:
- Reducing Dietary Fat, Salt and Sugar
- Food Label reading
- Food Shopping and cooking
- Stress Management
- Relaxation response
- Risk Factors
- Benefits of Exercise
- Emotional Aspects of Cardiac Disease
- Medications, Angina, BP
- Cholesterol, Lipid Profile