Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to improve a patient’s cardiovascular health after a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, heart surgery, or other complication. It includes both an exercise and education component. Nurses and exercise physiologists oversee patients exercising on various pieces of equipment while their heart is being monitored with an EKG system.
Under the supervision of co-medical directors Salil Midha, MD, and Gerard Daly, MD, the program has a fresh, new space, state of the art equipment and flexible scheduling for patients that will allow easier access to much-needed care. Classes are offered more frequently throughout the day and with smaller class sizes for a more individualized approach. Education will occur in various ways to accommodate patient’s needs and schedules.
“Evidence-based research shows that cardiac rehabilitation significantly increases the chance of survival in the five years following a heart attack or bypass surgery by about 35%,” said Dr. Midha. “Those are the outcomes we want for our patients and why it is so important to bring this service back to our community.”
“The Cardiovascular Center at MelroseWakefield Hospital continues to grow and develop,” said Dr. Daly. “By bringing cardiac rehab back on campus to complement our nationally-recognized cardiovascular services including a cardiac-catheterization lab, vein center, and interventional radiology services, we are bringing that continuum of cardiovascular care to our community.”