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Helping the Heart Through Cardiac Rehab

A rehabilitation program often can help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from medical procedures like surgery and angioplasty.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, cardiac rehab services are comprehensive (thorough) and long-term. They include a medical evaluation; exercise under a doctor's supervision; modification of cardiac risk factors; and education, counseling, and behavior modification.

Only a small percentage of the millions of cardiovascular patients, however, get the supervised exercise, stress management, and lifestyle adjustments that can help them recover.

Talk with your doctor

If you are being treated for heart disease, talk with your doctor about how a cardiac rehab program could aid your recovery. Your health care provider can help you devise a program that's right for you, according to your specific needs and health coverage benefits.

Getting worked up over a traffic jam or flying off the handle at a coworker can put some patients at greater risk of a second heart attack. Talk therapy, biofeedback, and meditation can teach relaxation instead of allowing tempers and heart problems to erupt.

The major components of any cardiac rehabilitation program should include the following:

Smoking cessation

Whatever you need to quit smoking from wearing a nicotine patch to undergoing hypnosis do it to quit this habit, says the American Heart Association. You should also avoid exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke since it can also increase your risk of another heart attack. 

Blood pressure control

Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Blood pressure that is 120 to 139 for the top number (systolic reading) or 80 to 89 (diastolic) for the bottom number on two or more occasions is considered prehypertension, meaning there is a risk for developing hypertension. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher (for either number) on 3 or more different occasions. Have your blood pressure checked regularly. In most cases, more than one medication may be needed to keep blood pressure under control. Make sure you and your doctor keep track of what you need to do to stay within healthy blood pressure levels.

Cholesterol checks

Consult with your doctor regarding your target total cholesterol and your target low-density lipoprotein, or LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Diet, exercise, and medication can help control cholesterol levels.


You should engage in moderate- to high-intensity exercise 3 to 4 days a week, for an average of 40 minutes at a time. Follow your health care provider's advice on the intensity of your workout.


You should follow a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and mackerel.

With any orthopedic procedure, follow-up and rehabilitation are key. At Broward Health, we offer many rehabilitation and therapy programs where the main goal is to improve the lives of our patients and promote speedy recovery back to a state of independence.

At Broward Health Medical Center, the Joint Replacement Center provides an integrated inpatient program from surgery through rehabilitation. It includes both group and individual therapy programs. Settings are designed to be more fun and stimulating. Patients work with a team that includes multi-disciplinary physicians and medical professionals. Patients also work with coaches – family or volunteers – that we train to help patients with their progress. It all adds up to speedier, more pain-free recovery. [more...]

Physical TherapyBroward Health Imperial Point's Physical Therapy program offers a full scope of services for the treatment of orthopedic injury, recovery from surgery and musculoskeletal dysfunction to restore joint mobility, increase strength and manage pain. Many of our physical therapists are specialized and certified in Manual Therapy, which is "hands-on" physical intervention, and McKenzie Therapy, which treats spinal dysfunction and pain by focusing on exercise and posture. Our emphasis is on teaching patients to take responsibility for their improvement and understanding how to maintain and improve joint function over their lifetime.

While at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Broward Health North, the interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists provide medical management, therapy, education and psychosocial support to patients with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, survivors of traumatic injuries and stroke and those experiencing weakness and decreased self-care skills from other medical interventions. Upon admission to the unit, team members work collaboratively to complete an initial assessment, specifying the patient's individualized treatment plan, rehabilitation goals and projected discharge. The patient and family are an important part of the rehabilitation team. Participation in family training is highly encouraged to prepare for the patient's discharge home. [more...]

The Rehabilitation Services Department at Broward Health Coral Springs is staffed by highly skilled, licensed professionals specializing in:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • hand therapy
  • pediatric therapy, and 
  • speech pathology

The Rehab Department offers both inpatient and outpatient services to all ages. In addition, a specialized Sports Medicine Program offers services to those with sports-related injuries.

Broward Health Gold Coast Home Health and Hospice offers Rehab ON THE MOVE. Rehabilitation is all about getting back to independence, and the interdisciplinary rehab team assist the patient in making that happen. Specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and attending physicians are led by a Gold Coast rehabilitation case manager who ensures that each patient's program is suited to their individual needs and capabilities.