Cardiac Rehabilitation in LaSalle County
Improved Heart Health & Quality Of Life Through a Custom Designed Program
Heart patients can benefit from the cardiac rehabilitation program at IVCH
by learning ways to live healthier, longer lives. Studies indicate cardiac
rehab programs benefit heart patients of any age – not only younger
patients, but those aged 75 and older as well.
At IVCH, our cardiac rehab program has been certified by the American Association
of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in recognition
of our commitment to enhancing the standard of care. We were awarded this
recognition after passing a rigorous assessment of the program’s
What Conditions Are Improved With Cardiac Rehab?
According to the
American Heart Association, if you've experienced any of the following, you can benefit from
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Heart procedures such as balloon angioplasty or an implanted pacemaker
- Heart surgeries such as a bypass or valve replacement
How Long Is The Cardiac Rehab Program?
The program may last a few weeks or a few years, although three months
is common. There may be limits, however, to what Medicare and health plans cover.
What Should Patients Expect?
A professional rehabilitation team will evaluate your overall health, lifestyle,
medical conditions and limitations before designing a program especially for you.
During the program, you can:
- Work with a nutritionist to set up a heart-healthy eating plan.
- Review how to exercise safely, possibly using a treadmill, bike, rowing
machine, track or weight machines.
- Study how to control chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or high
- Determine ways to reduce stress.
- Learn about your medications and how to take them.
- Get tips for quitting smoking and losing weight.
- Receive counseling about returning to work and to activities you enjoy.
This can include help for the emotional upheaval that commonly follows
heart problems. Depression, anxiety and anger can affect you physically
and keep you from recovering.
What Other Support Can Cardiac Rehab Offer?
Changing behaviors and habits can be difficult. During cardiac rehabilitation,
you'll have a team of people whose experience and advice can support
and help you achieve your goals. In addition, you'll be closely monitored
by trained therapists who can make sure you're responding well. Also,
you'll meet others who've been through a similar life event. That
camaraderie can help you stick with your program and make the transition
back to an active life.
To find out if you're a candidate for cardiac rehab and to get a referral
to our program, talk to your healthcare provider. You will need a physician's
order to enter the program.
925 West St., Lower Level
(use the ground level entrance off the south parking lot on the east side of IVCH)