Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab at Synergy Physical Therapy and Rehab, typically includes exercise classes and provides education about lung and heart diseases. Cardiac rehabilitation (heart rehab) and pulmonary rehabilitation (lung rehab) are two separate medical programs. However, there’s a close relationship between your heart and lung health and an overlap in symptoms when either one of both are in distress.
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation recognizes and addresses those overlaps. We combine preventive medicine, healthier lifestyle choices, specific exercises, and therapies designed to improve the quality of life of patients who have heart disease, lung disease, or both. A rehab approach like ours ensures that patients receive the right care according to the nature of their concerns. That's most important!
The goals of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation aren’t completely identical. Cardiac rehab programs aim to improve physiological, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and lifestyle changes. The goal is to slow or reverse the patient’s heart disease and stabilize him to avoid any future cardiac episodes.
Consider a patient who has blocked arteries. With healthy dieting, consistent exercise, and other lifestyle changes, he can improve his blood flow. The cardiac rehabilitation process involves training and educating patients on how to slow or reverse their heart disease.
On the other hand, pulmonary health problems can only be minimized. The goal of a pulmonary rehabilitation program is to help patients reduce symptoms, stabilize conditions, and improve their physical abilities.
For example, patients who have lung cancer or severe emphysema will always have to deal with their conditions. Once it develops, it won’t go away. However, pulmonary rehab makes chronic lung disease easier to manage, which lessens its negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.
Many patients have both diseases, common risk factors, and/or some overlapping symptoms, so it’s much easier for the patient to address their needs in a cardiopulmonary rehab center, like Synergy Physical Therapy and Rehab.