Cardiac Rehab within North Shore-LIJ's Cardiovascular Services provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and testing for people who suffer from various heart problems, related heart diseases and heart disorders.
Candidates for our cardiac rehab programs include patients recovering from the following conditions:
- Heart Attacks – Heart attacks happen if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. Heart attack symptoms include chest discomfort in the form of pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. Heart attacks aren't always sudden attacks that cause you to fall to the ground. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
- Cardiac Bypass Surgery – Also known as coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, this procedure uses a piece of a healthy vein from the leg or a healthy artery from the chest or wrist to bypass a narrowed or blocked artery in the heart. Cardiac bypass surgery is recommended when angioplasty, another procedure for coronary artery disease, may not have widened the artery enough. In some cases, the angioplasty tube can't reach the blockage.
- Heart Valve Replacement or Repair – Four heart valves control the flow of blood between the chambers of your heart, as well as blood that flows out of your heart into large arteries. They are the aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonary valves. When they don't open and close properly, the risks to your health can be life threatening. Heart value repairs and replacements can be done using open heart surgery or the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques using small incisions in the skin.
- Stent Placement – A stent is a small mesh tube used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries. It is used in conjunction with angioplasty, a procedure that uses a medical "balloon" to open a blocked artery. The balloon presses against the inside wall of your artery and expands the opening for better blood flow. A stent is placed across the artery wall to prevent the artery from narrowing again.
- Coronary Artery Disease – This condition involves the gradual narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries which are the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. The earliest symptoms are chest pains, also called angina, and shortness of breath with exertion. Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of heart disease and is the major reason people have heart attacks.
- Stable Angina – Stable angina is chest pain (angina pectoris) or discomfort that typically occurs with activity, stress or exertion caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels in the heart (coronary heart disease). The pain and discomfort can last one to fifteen minutes. Rest or nitroglycerin medicine can relieve the pain. Stable angina is predictable angina and is less serious than unstable angina.