The heart is one of our body's main sources of life. When your heart isn't healthy, it can impact every aspect of your life, present and future. That's where cardiac rehab comes in. Tri-County Health Care's expert cardiac rehab staff can help you take the first step on the path toward a healthier heart and a healthier future.
Start your journey to recovery
When you've been diagnosed with heart failure, undergone heart surgery or experienced other heart anomalies, one of the best things you can do is join a cardiac rehab program. It is designed to improve your cardiovascular (heart) health and well-being to help you function as you once did and prevent future heart problems. At Tri-County Health Care, our cardiac rehab staff will help you face and understand your heart diagnosis while walking you through a treatment program customized to you, including education and nutrition. You'll receive the support and information you need to help your heart recover so you can resume the activities and life you love.
Care providedYou may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Chest pain (angina)
- Certain congenital heart diseases
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Angioplasty and stents
- Heart or lung transplant
- Heart valve repair or replacements
Heredity is a big risk factor for heart disease as well as diabetes, obesity, lifestyle without exercise, high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking. In addition to monitored exercise, patients in cardiac rehab learn about their risk factors and what they can do to minimize the risk of additional cardiac issues.
Our staff also educates patients about heart-healthy habits and risk factor modifications. Each patient in cardiac rehab is under medical supervision while exercising. Every patient is unique in their capabilities, therefore cardiac rehab offers personalized and individualized care.
Services and education in our cardiac rehab department comes from wide range of professionals including coronary care registered nurses trained in cardiac rehab and advanced cardiac life support, a Tri-County dietitian, pharmacist and respiratory therapist. Tri-County also has cardiologists on-site every week at our Wadena Clinic.
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps your doctor find out how well your heart handles its workload. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more fuel and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there's a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart. Taking a stress test also helps your doctor know the kind and level of physical activity that's right for you.
Why do people need stress tests?Doctors use exercise stress tests to find out:
- If you have an irregular heartbeat
- If your symptoms (such as chest pain or difficulty breathing) are related to your heart
- How hard you should exercise when you are joining a cardiac rehabilitation program or starting an exercise program
- If treatments you have received for heart disease are working.If you need other tests (such as a coronary angiogram) to detect narrowed arteries