Could Cardiac Rehab Be Right for You?


Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal cardiac health following a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, stroke, or surgery. It involves registered nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and cardiologists—all working together to create a personalized plan to heal and strengthen your heart. What can our intensive cardiac rehab in Lafayette and the surrounding areas do for you?

Through a holistic approach, our program is tailored to help your heart heal and improve your health and quality of life. In intensive cardiac rehabilitation, your health coach creates a wellness program specific to your heart health needs. Our team at Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) closely monitors you and how your heart is reacting to achieve your goal of optimal cardiac health. 

The Right Choice for Cardiac Rehab

At CIS, our rehab programs are unrivaled. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for cardiac rehab in Lafayette or the surrounding areas, CIS has locations all over Louisiana to suit your cardiac needs. Our cardiac rehab programs offer training in nutrition, exercise and behavioral workshops, including cooking demonstrations, one-on-one consultations with a dietician and health coach, fitness assessments, exercise training and classes with clinical exercise physiologists, and much more.

Patients who can benefit from cardiac rehab include those who have had the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Bypass or open-heart surgery
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Stent to a coronary artery
  • Chronic chest pain
  • Heart or lung transplant
  • Congestive heart failure

For patients recovering from these cardiovascular events or procedures, a personalized, effective rehabilitation program can be a significant help during the healing process. Patients typically experience several improvements and benefits to their overall health. These include an average blood pressure reduction of 9%, total cholesterol reduction of 20%, weight loss of 7-11 pounds, and a chronic inflammation reduction of 40% in three to four weeks*. This program can also be instrumental in improving many other health-related issues, such as circulation, endurance, and blood sugar management.

*Statistics reflect participation in Pritikin’s residential model, on which Pritikin’s outpatient Intensive Cardiac Rehab program is based.

What to Expect

Knowing what to expect from cardiac rehab in Lafayette can help ease stress and anxiety associated with the unknown. Most cardiac rehabilitation sessions start with a brief stretching interval and then continue with 30-40 minutes of exercise. Exercise machines such as treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, or rowing machines can be used. Our programs may also include resistance training. An end-of-session cool-down typically follows. Throughout these sessions, vital signs and heart electrical activity (EKG) are monitored. 

At CIS, our multidisciplinary rehab approach involves doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, a registered dietitian, and a health coach who work together to design a personalized plan for you and offer support throughout the 3-4 month program. Plus, you will receive the tools and knowledge needed to succeed long after your rehab is complete.

Some things to note:

  • A physician will be onsite when patients are exercising.
  • Patients will receive free access to the facility after graduating from the program
  • A patient’s spouse or support person is welcome to participate and attend while the patient is enrolled in the program.

Life After Cardiac Rehab 

Most patients can commence exercising on their own once they have participated in cardiac rehabilitation. Exercises like jogging and running are great for your heart, but even walking for 30 minutes five days a week is beneficial to your health. Moderate exercise, such as rowing or weight lifting, is also protective. As a general rule, structured exercises can be helpful, provided they are performed frequently, day over day. 

Are You in Need of Cardiac Rehab in Lafayette? 

If you recently experienced a life-changing cardiac event, we are here to help you restore your physical and emotional well-being. Intensive Cardiac Rehab at Cardiovascular Institute of the South is designed to help you achieve optimal recovery and reduce the risk of experiencing another cardiac event. Our comprehensive program is made for you and focuses on modifying lifestyle behaviors that relate to cardiovascular disease. Talk to your doctor to learn if you qualify for intensive cardiac rehabilitation. If you do, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists or give us a call at our Lafayette Cardiac Rehab facility.

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