February is American Heart Month. As a cardiac rehabilitation nurse of nine years, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of patients throughout eastern Montana. Cardiac health and the health of my patients are two of my biggest passions; so when they have goals, we conquer them together.
Cardiac rehabilitation aims to improve health, restore your strength and energy, and reduce risk of future heart issues. Our team at Holy Rosary Healthcare works with our doctors and advanced practice professionals to design a rehabilitation program that best fits the medical needs and personal goals of our patients.
Have you had been diagnosed with Angina or been treated with certain procedures like bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, or have had a heart attack? Cardiac rehab may be the best option for you.
During the rehabilitation process, your plan will be tailored to your condition, needs and interests. You will be involved in monitored exercise, where we will develop a personalized exercise plan that gets you back to a full life and includes activities that you actually want to do. You will also be involved with medication management, where a nurse will work with you and your doctor to make sure your medication works in coordination with your entire plan.
Two major factors in maintaining a healthy heart are diet and quitting smoking. During your cardiac rehab process, you will work hand-in-hand with our dietitians in creating a nutrition plan that keeps your heart healthy and your taste buds happy!
We’ll provide cardiac rehab even if you were treated for heart and vascular problems elsewhere. Talk to your doctor about a referral for our cardiac rehabilitation program or call 406-233-2600.
Being educated about your condition is crucial in the rehabilitation process. Our team will provide counseling to help you understand your heart condition and follow through on your lifestyle changes. A healthy heart means a healthy life.
Diane Moeller, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse