Cardiac Rehabilitation in Southern California
Methodist Hospital's Proven Program for Fighting Heart Disease
Heart disease may be one of the world's most prevalent killers, but
it can be fought against with lifestyle changes and improvements in your
overall health. Methodist Hospital of Southern California is proud to
offer residents of LA County and the surrounding area access to our comprehensive
cardiac rehabilitation program. In this proven heart health program, participants
work under the supervision of medical professionals to improve physical
fitness and develop healthy habits that reduce the risk of heart disease
and benefit their overall well-being.
Do I Need Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac rehab is primarily for two types of patients: those have a heart
condition, and those that are at a high risk of heart disease. If you have had
cardiac surgery in the past, you will likely benefit from cardiac rehab. While highly
beneficial and potentially lifesaving, surgery is not a long-term solution
for heart-disease. Without working to change diet and exercise habits,
there is nothing to stop your cardiovascular system from weakening again
and causing more damage.
You should discuss cardiac rehab with your primary care provider if you have:
- Ever had a heart attack
- Have been diagnosed with a heart condition
- Undergone cardiac surgery
- Are consistently warned by your doctor that you have high blood pressure
and other cardiac risk factors
We Work to Help You Reach Your Goals
Choosing to undergo cardiac rehab is ultimately a personal choice. Our
team respects that making an effort to improve your health is your decision,
and works to help you achieve
your goals, rather than forcing participants to work towards a constructed
"ideal fitness level." Your rehab trainer will be happy to help
you figure out what your goals are, and together you can work towards
a healthier heart in a program that you feel is truly about you and your needs.
A physician referral is required to participate in cardiac rehab. Discuss
the option with your primary care provider or cardiologist and find out
if they believe it will be beneficial. This is an outpatient service,
meaning you do not need to be admitted to the hospital to participate.
The entire program usually lasts twelve weeks with exercise and educational
programs occurring three times a week. Family members are welcome and
encouraged to attend to offer support.
Methodist Hospital's Rehab hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 am
to 12:30 pm. An unmonitored maintenance program is available to participants
once they've finished the 12-week rehab.
For more information on our Cardiology Program, contact our team directly