|J. Antonio G. López, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FNLA
Saint Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho and Nampa, Idaho is pleased to offer certified Cardiac Rehabilitation programs designed to help patients who have had a cardiovascular event, such as a coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, coronary stent, heart transplant, heart valve repair or replacement, or heart related chest discomfort (angina). A multidisciplinary team composed of a cardiac nurse, respiratory therapist and exercise specialist design an individualized care plan for each patient with the goal of preventing future cardiovascular events under the direction of a cardiologist.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is proven to increase the rate of recovery as well as diminish the possibility of another cardiovascular episode, increasing chance of survival. Both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend cardiac rehabilitation programs. To obtain a referral to cardiac rehabilitation contact your Cardiologist or primary care provider, if you need a primary care provider call 208-367-DOCS (3627).
Our multidisciplinary team within this program aims to:
- Increase a patient's aerobic exercise capacity
- Reduce cholesterol/lipid levels through lifestyle changes
- Reduce or control other heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, stress and obesity
- Reintroduce a healthy regular exercise routine
If you have one of the following diagnoses you may be eligible to particiate:
- Heart Attack
- Coronary artery angioplasty or stent placement
- Open heart surgery such as coronary bypass grafting or valve surgery
- Heart transplantation
What to Expect
Our multidisciplinary team, experienced in cardiac care and exercise physiology, oversee each patient's treatment plan. This team is able to provide expertise in complex cardiovascular patient case management including dietary management, smoking cessation and lifestyle modification. An initial evaluation is conducted by a member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff. This comprehensive evaluation and risk assessment includes a physical examination, 6 minute walk test, nutrition evaluation, and psychosocial assessment. Using this information, the cardiac nurse in collaboration with the team, designs an effective program to meet each patient's individual needs and goals.
Following the initial assessment, a personalized exercise regimen is designed for each patient. Patients attend group aerobic exercise sessions three times weekly. Depending on a patients activity level and goals, exercise therapy may include stationary cycling, walking on a treadmill or elliptical and strength/isometric training. Patients warm up with various exercises before each session.
The staff members will assist each patient develop a personal dietary plan. Patients are encouraged to attend our three session educational series taught by a registered dietitian on heart healthy eating. Topics include label reading, food shopping, eating out, menu planning and weight management.
The exit interview summarizes each patient's participation and goal achievement. It also solidifies future plans for continued lifestyle change and maintenance. Staff also collects information to examine and measure outcomes in the program. A summary report of this interview is sent to their physician(s). Participants are also asked to complete an anonymous program evaluation.
After program completion patients may choose to continue exercising at either the Downtown or West YMCA in our jointly sponsored Cardiac Rehabilitation Healthy Hearts and Lungs Maintenance Program. A specially trained staff member at the YMCA will check each patient's blood pressure and pulse prior to and after exercise. In collaboration with the staff, the patient adjusts their own exercise workload. Staff is available to field other questions or concerns that may arise. Patients often choose this option to help them stay on track toward achieving personal heart health goals.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
6140 W. Curtisian, 3rd Floor Suite, 301, Boise, ID 83706
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa
1512 12th Avenue Road, Nampa, ID 83686
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