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Q/A for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

Q: Do I have to have a stress test at Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation if I’m having one with my Cardiologist around the same time?

   A: Yes. Our stress test is meant to assess your physical fitness whereas your Cardiologist will perform a diagnostic test. Our stress test results will be sent to your specialist and primary care provider for their records. We do not recommend completing both stress tests on the same date.

Q: How long is the program?

    A: Once weekly for 6 months

Q: Do I have to seemy own Cardiologist before starting?

   A: Our Cardiologists fully endorse participation in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and would expect you to be referred following a cardiovascular event. You may see your Cardiologist first if you wish, but it is not necessary. They will receive health information as you participate in the program.

Q: Will I need any special equipment or memberships?

   A: No special equipment or membership is required; however, investing in a quality pair of running shoes may be suggested. If you begin to experience any joint or muscle pain in your legs with exercise, the first item to question could be your shoes – they may be contributing to the discomfort.

Q: How much exercise should I do before starting?

   A: Refer to your discharge package instructions. If you did not receive a package, start with 5-10 minutes of light walking and gradually increase to up to 30 minutes a day. To gauge your effort, you should be able to maintain an easy conversation while exercising without becoming out of breath. Please refrain from lifting weights until you are assessed in the program.

Q: I exercise and have been an active person my whole life; why do I need to come to Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation?

   A: Our program will help to fine-tune your exercise regime by providing you with a state-of-the-art stress test. This test will allow you to have a personalized exercise prescription and also make sure that you are exercising at a safe level. If you already have an existing exercise program, you may qualify for our Homebased Program. Speak with our staff about this option.

Q; I have never exercised before, or I walk with a cane/walker and am not sure I can do a walking program.

   A: The Team will modify your exercise to suit your individual needs. We are able to complete your stress test using different treadmill tests or on a stationary bicycle. Further adaptations could be made on an individual basis.

Q: Can I bring my spouse or caregiver to the sessions?

   A: Bringing your spouse or caregiver provides you with an opportunity to talk about the details of the session at home, and sharing information can increase the learning/understanding from the rehab program. To ensure safety of all participants, please note that the exercise portion of the program may only be completed by the participant during class time.

Q: What happens if I have a vacation planned, or am not able to follow the program as outlined (such as attend once a week)?

   A: Your dedicated Exercise Therapist will work with you to accommodate a vacation or special request/need. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you may qualify for the Home Based program. Changes in your health status and ability to complete the program can be discussed with your Exercise Therapist.

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