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Research Shows Differences in Care Settings Help Beat Cardiovascular Disease

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and hospitalizations in the United States. One person dies from cardiovascular disease every 36 seconds.

What can I do to prevent Cardiovascular Disease?

A healthy diet and exercise are the two biggest factors in preventing heart disease.. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent heart disease:

• Know and control your blood pressure

• Stay at a healthy weight

• Get regular exercise

• Limit alcohol and smoking

• Talk with your friends and family members about heart disease

• Reduce stress

Nearly fifty percent of Medicare patients hospitalized with a cardiac event end up spending time in a rehabilitation hospital. When a debilitating heart event happens, and rehab is required, rehab hospitals with interdisciplinary teams play an important role in returning people back to their highest function and also educating family members on their role of recovery, The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have endorsed the implementation of coordinated guidelines that are initiated by multidisciplinary care teams. Studies have also shown where you get your care makes a difference in your recovery.

One study submitted to the ARA Research Institute showed that those patient’s who received care at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital received more rehabilitation services, experienced greater functional gains, and were more likely to be discharged home than patients who were admitted to other care sites such as rehab centers, skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes.

The study also found that there were lower mortality rates and less time in the hospital overall for those patients cared for at a rehab hospital

The cardiac rehabilitation guidelines endorsed by professional organizations recommend that cardiac patients receive rehabilitative services that are physician-led and multidisciplinary. These guidelines align with the standards and requirements at a rehabilitation hospital.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect during your rehab treatment for cardiovascular disease at an inpatient hospital.

Inpatient Cardiac Rehab

The cardiac rehab team at Indianapolis Rehab Hospital consists of specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, rehab trained nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. A dietitian will also tailor heart-healthy meals and help guide you on your recovery. But what can you expect throughout your inpatient stay?

Rehabilitation starts as soon as a patient is released from the hospital. Our care team will review your goals with you and develop a plan of care just for you. Physical therapy will focus on regaining strength and mobility to enable a high return of daily activities. Our nurses will also monitor your blood pressure.

If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty in resuming daily life activities after a significant event from your heart disease, it is important to understand your options. Remember, rehabilitation hospitals have proven to be the best solution to regain strength and function for the highest level of independence. w

Contact us today if you have ther questions related to cardiac rehab at our inpatient hospital.

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