Finding a Cardiac Rehab Program
Finding a cardiac rehab program can be as simple as asking your doctor or nurse to recommend a plan. Other methods may involve contacting institutions such as hospitals, local schools, or community centers. Finding a cardiac rehab program that's right for you may involve asking questions about the program and taking the time to visit the facility or attend a session before you sign up.
Your doctor or nurse may recommend a cardiac rehab program or help you to arrange for exercise training, education, counseling, and other services. Many hospitals and outpatient healthcare centers offer cardiac rehab -- so do some local schools and community centers. You can also look in the Yellow Pages for cardiac rehab programs.
When choosing a cardiac rehab program, ask about:
- Is it offered when you can get there without causing added stress? Cardiac rehab services offered at the workplace are sometimes an option.
- Is it easy to get to? Keep in mind that traffic problems can add to your stress.
- Is there parking?
- Is it accessible by public transportation?
- Is it an individual or group program?
- Is it home-based or in a facility? Think about whether you want to be in a group with professional supervision.
- Does it offer a wide range of services? More importantly, does it include the areas you need help with, such as quitting smoking?
- Is it affordable?
- Is it covered by insurance? Your insurance may cover all or part of the cost of some cardiac rehab services but not others. Find out what will be covered and for how long. Consider what you can afford and for how long.