Risk Reduction Program and the Road to Recovery
Before the cardiac surgery or heart attack patient leaves the hospital, cardiologists often already have scheduled their first appointment at the Cardiac Risk Reduction Program, the well-established cardiac rehabilitation program at Dominican Hospital.
The Cardiac Risk Reduction Program specializes in helping heart attack and surgery patients avoid another cardiac event. Since every patient, and their health history, is different, individualized risk factor reduction programs are designed for each to support them in reaching their goals. The regimen often includes monitored exercise, healthy weight loss and other lifestyle modifications.
To assure that heart patients adopt the most efficient and helpful program possible, Dominican's Risk Reduction Program has assembled a multi-disciplinary clinical staff that includes an Exercise Physiologist, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse and Lifestyle Coach.
The Cardiac Risk Reduction Program boasts some remarkable success rates because patients are motivated to make lifestyle changes. In the most recent follow-up survey, 71 percent of participants who lost weight while in the risk reduction program kept it off for 12 months. In addition, they were still exercising four times a week. During the same period, over 85 percent of participants that decided to quit smoking were still smoke-free.
Approximately 20 percent of participants continue in the Cardiac Maintenance Program, which includes supervised exercise twice a week.
For more information, call the Center for Lifestyle Management at (831) 457-7077, or click here.