Cardiac Rehabilitation services assist cardiac patients
to attain a maximum level of fitness both physically
and mentally so they can regain control through an
altered lifestyle and then eventually return to a
Cardiovascular RISK FACTOR REDUCTION and PHYSICAL
REHABILITATION and LIFESTYLE CHANGE are the main
elements of the programme.
The RISK FACTOR REDUCTION is implemented through
cholesterol reduction, smoking cessation, weight
reduction, lifestyle change and last but not least,
physical rehabilitation. The cholesterol reduction
is augmented along with nutritional guidance to modify
the diet and yet remain flexible enough to encourage
compliance. Strong recommendation to patients will
help them to select appropriate smoking cessation
programs. Weight reduction achieved by a combination
of diet and exercise will also be provided. Lifestyle
change will be encouraged through psychological stress
management to enable the patient to identify and
cope with day to day stress.
In the PHYSICAL REHABILITATION part of the program
the patient undergoes supervised exercises under
the guidance of a Physician and trained Cardiac Rehabilitation
Nurse. Post-infarct, coronary artery bypass and post-angioplasty
patients as well as those with severe family history
participate in this programme.
Patients wanting to enroll in the Cardiac Rehab
programme must be referred by a Physician. The patients
can be referred by their Family Physician or by a
Specialist. Baseline diagnostic tests will be performed
prior to starting the exercise program to develop
the patient’s individual exercise prescription.
Rehab Form has to be signed by the referring