Wellness for People with Heart Disease
If you have been hospitalized because of heart disease, and had an angioplasty with stent, coronary artery bypass graft, or had heart valve surgery, your healthcare provider has probably recommended any or all of the following:
- Start a regular exercise program
- Lose weight
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Quit smoking
- Take your medications, including new ones
- Take an aspirin every day
Are you overwhelmed? Cardiac rehabilitation may be your answer. It’s the next step after your hospitalization.
Cardiac rehabilitation is located in Building B in Suite 250 on Alaska Regional’s campus, and is part of the Health Management Center.
Call us if you’d like more information at (907) 264-1383. We’d love to hear from you!
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive, motivational program of evaluation, exercise, education, and support. Our multidisciplinary staff teaches you how to make the lifestyle changes your physician has recommended. These experienced professionals have a passion for helping patients reduce their risk factors and make lifestyle changes so to help manage heart disease.
We know that having knowledge is one thing, but changing a behavior is much more complicated. We’ll help you set goals, knock down the barriers of change, provide you with current guidelines and recommendations and an understanding of why it’s all so important.
Our program includes three phases:
Inpatient – we’ll visit while you’re hospitalized to provide you with education about your procedure or condition, what you need to know before going home and what to expect from outpatient cardiac rehabilitation. We’ll answer any questions you and your family may have.
Outpatient – one or two weeks after leaving the hospital, you’ll begin a routine of coming to visit us three times per week at our center for exercise, education, and support.
Health coaching – this is a one-hour educational update offered monthly to those who’ve graduated from our program. It’s designed to maintain the changes you’ve made, and continue your progress to ensure long term healthy habits.
Cardiac rehab continuing education – This is also a once monthly opportunity for graduates to touch base with staff and find out what’s new with recommendations and guidelines, procedures and medications related to your condition. It’s also a great opportunity to get a dose of motivation if necessary and share your achievements!