What is Cardiac Rehabilitation? - St Paul's Hospital

Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses cardiac rehab after a cardiac event.

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Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses cardiac rehab after a cardiac event.
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Featuring Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletic Therapist

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Cardiac rehab traditionally is used to rehab people after having a heart attack, open heart surgery, angioplasty or similar cardiovascular event.

And usually there are several phases to cardiac rehab. It can start at the bedside, and then it progresses to outpatient programs in the hospital, where you'll be coming in and working with a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, exercise specialists, etc., etc., and really it takes a holistic approach to rehabbing the patient and preventing any future problems in terms of heart disease.

Cardiac rehab generally involves structured exercise in the hospital or perhaps in the community setting. And, you know, it involves some exercise on treadmills, bikes, rowing machines, that type of thing, and it's all instructor led and supervised by health professionals.

If you're interested in this type of program, the best thing to do is contact your family doctor and ask for a referral to your local cardiac rehab program.

Presenter: Mr. Min Naruki-van Velzen, Athletic Therapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Athletic Therapist

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