Successful recovery from a cardiac event or procedure is a multistep process. To ensure that cardiac patients receive the all-inclusive care and community support they need to regain optimal health and independence, UHS offers a nationally-certified cardiac rehabilitation program that begins upon admission to the hospital and continues well after discharge.
When a patient is referred to UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation by his or her physician, the first step is a meeting that takes place in the hospital between the patient and a cardiac rehabilitation professional to plan the next steps in care. After discharge, a UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation staff member contacts the patient to begin the admission process to the program.
Each eligible patient will begin a comprehensive, medically-supervised program of exercise, health education and emotional support that’s tailored to his or her unique needs. Highly-trained exercise physiologists develop individualized exercise prescriptions to build strength and stamina, as well as aid in the prevention of further heart disease, utilizing specialized equipment and careful monitoring.
The exercise therapy phase of the program typically lasts 12 to 18 weeks and is covered by most insurance plans. The patient’s cardiologist or primary care provider receives ongoing updates throughout the process.
UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation is available at UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Call 762-2178 (Binghamton) or 865-2155 (Walton) for more information.