Adventist Health launches cardiac rehabilitation program

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Adventist Health Clear Lake is proud to introduce cardiac rehabilitation services in Clearlake.

Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise, nutrition and education program to reduce the symptoms and prevent progression of heart disease.

The outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program helps those who have suffered a cardiac event to recover to their fullest potential.

Adventist Health Clear Lake’s team of cardiac rehabilitation specialists work with patients to develop an individualized program to meet their specific needs.

The team educates patients about their condition and what they can do to improve their heart health, including implementation of a safe, monitored exercise program, ways to improve diet and how to manage other risk factors.

Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include stopping or reversing damage to blood vessels, reducing chances of a heart attack, helping control symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, and improving stamina and strength so participants can get back to an active lifestyle.

This is done through monitored exercise sessions, cardiovascular disease education, diet and nutrition instruction, stress management support and medication education.

Kevin Cole, RRT, is director of the cardiac rehabilitation program, which shares a space with Adventist Health Clear Lake’s long standing pulmonary rehabilitation program for individuals with chronic lung conditions.

“Cardiac rehabilitation helps individuals who have experienced a heart attack to get back to the life they love,” Cole explained. “It’s an important education opportunity and offers social connections in addition to supervised exercise.”

Cardiac rehabilitation requires a physician’s referral and is covered by most major insurances, including Medi-Cal and Medicare.

The program is located at 15322 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 204, in Clearlake, and can be reached by calling 707-995-5624.