Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
Following a cardiovascular event – such as a heart attack, balloon angioplasty, or even heart surgery, patients often need specifically designed rehabilitation to significantly improve cardiac health. With that in mind, CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin opened the new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in 2014.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team, led by Medical Director Ravinder Bachireddy M.D., FACC, co-founder of the Heart Institute of East Texas, consists of an on-site Supervising Cardiologist, Registered Nurse, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and other healthcare professionals.
Promoting Cardiovascular Health and Individual Wellbeing
- Research-centered patient-specific care
- Specific exercise prescription
- Risk factor assessment
- Nutritional assessment
- Lifestyle modification
BENEFITS OF CARDIAC REHABILITATION
Research indicates that patients who undergo cardiac rehabilitation have 25-30% reduction in heart attacks and strokes. Exercise can provide great benefits for those with cardiovascular conditions.
- Increase in skeletal/cardiac muscle strength
- Enhance physical functioning and ability for independent living
- Decrease myocardial demands and strain over time
- High activity levels are associated with lower death rates from coronary artery disease
- Reduced blood platelet adhesiveness and aggregation
- Reduce systolic/diastolic blood pressures
- Increase insulin sensitivity, improve glucose tolerance
- Increase good (HDL) cholesterol and decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Reduced total body fat
- Decreased anxiety and depression
The individualized cardiac rehabilitation program typically lasts between 6-12 weeks and consists of 2-3 exercise and/or education sessions per week. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of each patient, including continuous heart and hemodynamic monitoring to ensure healthy progression and cardiovascular wellness.