If you have experienced a heart attack, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve surgery, angioplasty/stent or heart transplant, a cardiac rehabilitation program can help stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of heart disease. The program includes medically supervised exercise, education, support and encouragement in a safe, monitored setting. Studies show that patients who participate in cardiac rehab soon after a heart attack, procedure or surgery have a reduced risk of recurrence, better mental and physical functioning and improved quality of life.
The Salinas Valley Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation team features a cardiologist who oversees the program, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and a registered dietician—all with specialized training. Our team works closely with you and your family to help you gain confidence in moving toward a full recovery. Our program is one of only 37 in California certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Salinas Valley Memorial has earned the three-year certification since 2006.
Our cardiologist will prescribe a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps you reach your goals. Your individualized program may include one or more of the following:
- physical activity (aerobic, strength and functional training)
- nutrition (one-on-one consultation with our registered dietician and nutrition classes)
- cholesterol management
- blood pressure management
- smoking cessation
- weight management
- diabetes management
- stress management (class and support group led by a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner)
- heart failure management
Participation requires a physician referral and is covered by most insurance plans. Ask your doctor if this program is right for you.