The Heart Disease Recovery and Prevention
The Torrance Memorial Delpit Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, a service of the
Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute, recognizes that heart disease is both physically and emotionally traumatic
for both the patient and the family. Therefore our comprehensive heart
program includes Cardiac Rehabilitation, a recovery program designed for
people who have coronary disease, electrical disorders or have had a heart
attack, heart surgery or balloon angioplasty.
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Our healthcare professionals work as a team with both the patient and the
physician to help achieve the highest possible level of recovery. This
is achieved through a medically supervised program of exercise therapy,
risk factor intervention, education and emotional support.
How Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help
- Help ease the recovery period for the patient and family
- Provide a safe environment during the recovery phase
- Provide emotional support from experienced and caring healthcare professionals
as well as other cardiac patients.
- Identify and help modify risk factors that contribute to Heart Disease
- Aid in the return to a healthy and enjoyable style of living.
What To Expect
While still in the Hospital, our Cardiac Rehabilitation nurse will work
with the patient to gradually and safely increase activity levels, provide
information about the patient's disease and treatment, answer questions,
address concerns and give the patient and family guidelines and instructions
for going home.
Cardiac Rehabilitation continues after the patient goes home. The patient
returns to the hospital three times a week on an outpatient basis for
telemetry monitored exercise therapy, education and dietary counseling.
At this level the patient will have the opportunity to interact with other
individuals who have also experienced a cardiac event.
A maintenance program provides the patient with the opportunity to continue
an exercise program in a structured, medically supervised environment
as long as it is beneficial.
Education About Heart Disease
A comprehensive educational manual, lectures and video library provide
information for the patient and family on the following topics:
- The heart and how it works
- Coronary artery disease
- Identifying and modifying risk factors
- Nutrition and food management
- Cholesterol and fats
- The recommended diet
- Principles of exercise
- Coping with heart disease: the effect of heart disease on the patient and family
Our team of registered nurses and dieticians, under the direction of the
Medical Director of Cardiology Services, is specially trained in the areas
of cardiac medicine, nutrition and exercise physiology. We work closely
with the patient's doctor, providing him with valuable information
about his patient's progress.
How To Get Started
Each patient plays a crucial role in his own recovery, therefore it is
important for the patient to become an active participant in his treatment.
The Patient and/or family can discuss entering a cardiac rehabilitation
program with the patient's doctor.
- An order from the doctor is required.
- Most insurance plans cover Phase 1 and 2
For More Information
For additional information regarding Cardiac Rehab, call 310-517-4737.