If you’ve had a heart attack, angina, open heart surgery, atherectomy, angioplasty or a stent placement, you may be experiencing a lot of life changes. Central DuPage Hospital’s customized Cardiac Rehabilitation Services can help you adjust to these changes and put you back in control of your cardiac disease. Together, we’ll work to make your heart stronger and healthier.
- Customized risk factor assessments
- Exercise programs
- Support group
- Dietary Counseling
Cardiac Rehabilitation services are initiated shortly after discharge from the hospital and provided on an outpatient basis. After being referred by your personal physician, you will first meet with a cardiac nurse. Together, you will develop an individual plan and realistic goals.
It is well documented certain risk factors—including cholesterol, body fat, stress, diet, blood pressure, smoking and a lack of exercise—contribute to heart disease. By focusing on reducing these risks and utilizing key rehabilitation components such as assessment, education, exercise and support, we can help you make permanent changes for a healthier life.
All cardiac rehabilitation services are provided on an outpatient basis at Central DuPage Hospital’s Medical Offices at Danada. You will need a referral from your personal physician for evaluation and treatment. During your first visit, a cardiac nurse will talk to you and together you will develop an individual rehabilitation plan with realistic goals. Your plan will include education, exercise and personal support to help you establish the best quality of life possible. The length of your plan will depend on your physical needs, goals and measured progress.
Making lifestyle changes is easier when you know and understand the basics of cardiac rehabilitation. Your CDH cardiac rehabilitation team provides information in a variety of ways including:
- Mini-programs covering topics such as anatomy, physiology, heart circulation, medications, creating a home exercise program and how to read food labels.
- Classes such as Healthy Eating to address the essentials of a heart healthy nutritious lifestyle.
- One-on-one appointments with registered dietitians to provide dietary counseling, nutritional education and behavior modification techniques.
- Support group sessions where members share insight, understanding and techniques they’ve discovered along their recovery path.
Based on the cardiac rehabilitation that took place during your hospital stay, you and a cardiac nurse will develop an exercise regimen at your initial outpatient rehabilitation visit. The level of exercise is dependent upon your medical history and current heart health. CDH offers several group exercise classes designed to increasingly build your cardiovascular endurance. Each class is monitored by professional staff who perform a baseline reading of your heart rate and blood pressure, and lead you through warm-up exercises, a workout and a cool down. You’ll use exercise equipment such as treadmills, bikes, rowing machines and free weights. As you learn more, you’ll be able to monitor your own heart rate. The length of your program depends upon your physical needs, your goals and your measured progress.
We know making changes is never easy. That’s why it’s important to get others involved in your rehabilitation. Sharing experiences can help ease the fear and isolation you may experience. Family members can be a great help as you make your lifestyle changes—and they’ll be healthier as a result. Another is Mended Hearts, a support group sponsored by CDH that meets the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., except June through August. The monthly meetings provide psychological and emotional encouragement and monthly guest speakers in a social environment at CDH. For more information call 630.933.2252. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.
Location and Hours
A written referral from your physician is necessary for appointments and treatment.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
CDH Medical Offices at Danada
7 Blanchard Circle, Suite LLA (lower level)
Wheaton, IL 60189
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.