Cardiac rehabilitation helps people with a history of heart disease, and those at risk, feel better and improve their cardiovascular functioning. It is an important part of any treatment plan to help patients recover from heart attacks and interventional procedures such as angioplasty. At Greenwich Hospital, the cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help patients improve physical fitness and overall health. The program's mind/body approach to wellness emphasizes a healthy mind and spirit as well as a healthy body.
The program includes monitored exercise, diet and nutritional counseling, and information on stress management, smoking cessation, medication management and other topics. A multidisciplinary team of professionals, including exercise physiologists, registered nurses, and registered dietitians, develops individualized programs for each patient.
The program is located at the hospital. It consists of three levels:
- Level 1: Patients participate in individual counseling, group classes and monitored exercise.
- Level 2: After spending 3 months at Level 1, patients may exercise with supervision but without any specialized heart monitoring.
- Level 3: Patients may use the exercise facility at their convenience. This maintenance phase may continue indefinitely.
A Physician Referral Form is required prior to beginning the program.
For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation, call 203-863-3195.