Cardiac Rehabilitation for Recovery and Prevention
Following a heart attack or cardiovascular surgery many cardiac patients need a planned and monitored program to help them return to an active lifestyle. Riverside’s cardiac rehabilitation program begins while patients are in the hospital and continues for several weeks after discharge. In addition to a structured exercise program, the cardiac rehabilitation team offers guidelines for healthy living, cardiac risk factor reduction and heart healthy eating.
The Phase I program at provides personal evaluation and consultation to patients who have experienced a heart attack or undergone cardiac surgery. The consultation begins in one of our Riverside hospitals and includes exercise and education about risk factors including diet and stress management.
After patients are discharged from the hospital, the program continues on an outpatient basis at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Walter Reed Hospital or Tapphannock Hospital. Phase II of the program includes monitored group exercise programs and additional education about how to minimize risk factors. These programs typically last six to twelve weeks and help many patients return to their regular routine.
Some patients choose to continue their lifestyle adjustments and exercise program in a non-medical setting. Riverside Wellness & Fitness Centers in Newport News and Gloucester provide comprehensive exercise facilities, educational programs and personal diet and fitness instruction to insure a smooth patient transition.