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Published on February 27, 2012

Recovering from a cardiac health event

Cardiac Rehab heals hearts and keeps new problems at bay

senior yogaWhen you’re recovering from a stroke, a heart attack or cardiovascular surgery, safe healing is the top priority. So is preventing further illness.

“Anxiety is normal and patients need individual attention after a cardiac or stroke event,” says Erika Staab, PT, DPT, senior physical therapist with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “That’s why our outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers one-on-one evaluations to determine individual needs and cardiac risk factors. We treat the whole patient by tackling factors such as physical recovery, diet, diabetes, obesity and depression.”

The Mercy Fitzgerald Cardiac Rehab team of cardiologists, cardiac rehab nurses, physical therapists and exercise specialists provides expertise in exercise physiology, nutrition and emotional support. Medically supervised exercise therapy in the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center utilizes the latest technology to closely monitor heart activity. “When Cardiac Rehab patients return to home, work and community, they are at their optimal health, and they feel confident that they can move forward,” says Staab.

Benefits of our one-on-one rehab include:

  • Increased work capacity
  • Weight control
  • Better control of cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Decreased frequency of angina (chest pain or discomfort)
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced stress, fatigue and anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced shortness of breath

To learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation program visit

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