Nowadays, early rehabilitation of the cardiac patient is a standard medical procedure, and as with all other illnesses, physiotherapy for the cardiac patient is tailored to the person’s physical condition and needs. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to restore the patient, whether he has a chronic condition or an acute event, to optimum functioning. Physiotherapy imparts the tools a person needs to lead a more educated lifestyle and thus prevent a recurrence of the event or condition. Energy conservation (proper balance of rest and activity) is always stressed.
One can expect regular, daily ambulation to improve blood circulation, increase energy and endurance. Physiotherapist will also have you perform ankle pumps to prevent pooling of venous blood in the legs and resultant dizziness. During and after therapy, regular monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen intake and rate of perceived exertion. Depending on your responses, therapy will continue on the same course or may be modified to suit your condition.
Some benefits of cardiac rehabilitation:
• Healing from the disease
• Increased strength and endurance
• Improved cholesterol and blood pressure levels
• Decreased stress
After leaving physiotherapy, many patients report that they feel better than they had before they became ill. This is because physiotherapy also fights other conditions that coexisted with or might have given rise to cardiovascular disease; excess weight, stress and high blood pressure, to name a few.