Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a total health and fitness program designed to benefit patients recently hospitalized or under treatment for coronary heart disease. Our Cardiac Rehab Staff provides the individualized support and attention each patient needs to recover quickly and resume a full, satisfying life. We help our patients and their families understand what causes heart disease and how to reduce the risk of recurrent problems. Our goal is to provide positive guidance for healthy living at the right level of activity. Rehabilitation plans are tailored to each patient’s individual needs, abilities and medical condition.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BHH’s Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. National certification of our Cardiac Rehab program is a significant achievement and is a reflection of our commitment to improved patient outcomes. Being certified by the AACVPR benefits our patients through the knowledge that they are receiving the best care and it instills confidence in the physician who refer their patients to our program.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is comprised of two phases.
At Bakersfield Heart Hospital, your recovery begins immediately. Cardiac Rehab Phase I begins in the hospital, as soon as your acute heart conditions is under control. Our cardiac rehab nurses provide support, education, and information about pertinent cardiac problems and risk factors to every patient and their family.
Cardiac Rehab Phase II is an outpatient program of exercise and education. Patients who need cardiac strengthening are referred by their physician, and need not have completed Phase I. Before entering our program, a health history and the results of an exercise walk test are needed to develop a personal exercise prescription. This phase lasts 12 weeks with hour-long monitored exercise sessions, three time a week. Each patent’s progress is reviewed often, and the exercise plan is adjusted as the heart/lung capacity improves. Each physician is also advised of their patient’s progress. At the completion of this phase, advances in workload performed from the start of the program to the finish will be used to measure your overall success.
Exercising in our Cardiac Rehab Program
During exercise therapy, patients use such heart-strengthening equipment as digital treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles, stair climber, and arm ergometer. Phase II sessions include a warm-up stage of low-level exercise, a sustained aerobic stage, and a final “cool down” stage of muscle strengthening and relaxation.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is staffed by a highly skilled team of health professionals committed to the finest standards of safety and quality care. Our team includes an Exercise Specialist, Cardiac Care Registered Nurse, Care Partner and Physician Medical Director. We can also coordinate referrals to a Registered Dietitian or Counselor as needed.
Fees and Insurance
Medicare and private insurance companies generally cover a major portion of the cost of Cardiac Rehabilitation. For specific questions about the extent of coverage or co-payments, please check with your insurance carrier or employment benefits manager.