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Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised outpatient program designed to assess each patient’s risk factors for heart disease and implement an individualized cardiac treatment plan. Our goal is to educate our patients about heart disease and the healthier lifestyle choices that reduce their risk for future cardiac events. Both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have recognized cardiac rehabilitation as an important component of cardiac care. Cardiac rehabilitation is appropriate for people of any age who have had a cardiac event or have risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
The Cardiovascular Center of Marin is the only cardiac rehabilitation facility in the Bay Area to offer patients a choice of two distinct, evidence-based approaches to rehabilitation:
- Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation: Traditional rehab includes three phases. Phase I happens at the patient’s bedside in the hospital, during recovery from a cardiac event. Patients take phase II and phase III on an outpatient basis, in a supportive health team environment. Click here to learn more about traditional cardiac rehabilitation.
- Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease®: Developed by the founder of the renowned Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Dr. Dean Michael Ornish, this intensive rehabilitation program strives to reverse heart disease through a four-element approach that includes a low-fat, vegetarian meal plan, exercise, stress reduction and group support. Click here to learn more about Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ for your heart health.
Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation, or Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™?
The rehabilitation program you choose will depend on your personal preferences and your physician’s recommendation. The Ornish approach can be taken as an alternative to either Traditional Cardiac Rehab Phase 2 or Traditional Cardiac Rehab Phase 3.
|One hour sessions, 36 hours in total||Four hour sessions, 72 hours in total|
|Exercise consists of walking on a treadmill. Exercise will be medically supervised and our patient’s heart will be monitored. Exercise will progress based on our patient’s test results and their symptoms||Exercise is required but the type of exercise is individually prescribed between you and your doctor. Exercise will be medically supervised and our patient’s heart will be monitored. Exercise will progress based on our patient’s test results and their symptoms|
|Stress management education||Stress management education and experiential sessions including gentle stretches, breathing practices, relaxation, imagery and meditation|
|Basic nutrition overview. Diet can be omnivorous||Low-fat, plant-based, whole foods diet; access to over 200 recipes|
|One-on one coaching sessions, no support group program||Group support sessions, teaching new communication techniques|
|Focus on effects of heart disease and increasing strength and stamina||Learn to incorporate comprehensive lifestyle changes into everyday activities, including healthy eating, regular exercise, stress management techniques and emotional support|
|Based on traditional medicine||Based on the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program™, focusing on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and emotional support|
|Covered by Medicare if you have had a cardiac event within the past year, documented stable angina, or if you have had a recent valve or coronary artery bypass surgery||Covered by Medicare if you have had a cardiac event within the past year, documented stable angina, or if you have had a recent valve or coronary artery bypass surgery|
Cardiac Rehab Schedule
A physician referral is required to start cardiac rehabilitation. Outside referrals are accepted if the patient goes through an initial cardiac assessment by a Haynes Cardiovascular Institute cardiologist prior to starting rehabilitation classes. As for why our program starts with Phase II: That’s because Phase I happens at the patient’s bedside in the hospital, during recovery from a cardiac event. For program information or class schedule call 1-415-927-6177.