Jersey Shore Hospital

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehabilitation programWhat is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is especially designed to improve your cardiovascular health. The program helps individuals who have suffered a heart attack, stable angina or are recovering from cardiac surgery. Jersey Shore offers a unique multidisciplinary approach in providing the quality care you need. The program consists of exercise to strengthen and restore your heart to its maximum function and education to help you understand the disease process and guide you towards a healthier lifestyle.

Prevention is the First Step
Coronary Heart Disease is a leading cause of death in American Adults. This disease develops slowly over the course of many years and can be the result of high blood pressure or arteriosclerosis (clogging of the arteries by fat).

Changing your lifestyle can reduce or even eliminate the chance of developing Coronary Heart Disease and it’s never too early or too late to begin reducing the “risk factors”. Even if you have experienced a heart attack in the past, changing your lifestyle can reduce the risk of a second attack.

JSH Cardiac RehabilitationRisk Factors for Heart Disease

  • Elevated blood cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Overweight
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Poor stress management
  • Family history of heart disease, heart attacks or diabetes

How Our Program Works
The Geisinger Jersey Shore Cardiac Rehabilitation program supplements your physician’s care and you must be referred by your physician. Each patient referred to the program is medically evaluated, including a resting EKG and an exercise stress test, if ordered by your physician.

Our Cardiac Rehab team consists of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists. They are specially trained to facilitate and support the needs of cardiac rehabilitation patients. The result is a comprehensive, hands-on approach that addresses the individual needs of each patient and is closely supervised by the Program Director.

During your first visit, your exercise activities may include walking, Nu Step, riding stationary bicycles or strength training. These activities will be on a controlled and supervised schedule that will safely and gradually increase your physical capabilities. The program encourages your participation in developing a specialized plan for your own recovery and care.

Along with the exercise program, the team at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital will provide nutritional counseling for your and your family members. We offer suggestions for preparing delicious, low-fat meals that will help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight. We will also provide the education and support needed to create a healthier lifestyle.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital lasts for 12 weeks or 36 sessions. Sessions are completed 3 days per week and total one hour in length.

Cardiac RehabilitationStaying Committed
We understand that making changes in your lifestyle is often difficult and takes a long-term commitment. Our Cardiac Rehab team will help you to build a support system that you can rely on during trying times. We will help you set goals and obtain them.

Getting Started
You should not attempt to do too much at once. Plan realistic goals for the short term. Planning only long-term goals can be discouraging because you do not see quick results. Work hard on a daily basis to achieve your goals and eventually your schedule will adjust for the time required.

Reward yourself every time you achieve a goal. Treat yourself to shopping, entertainment or a night out.

Rely on your support system at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. The team understands what you are going through and where you can find the answers to any of your questions.

Consulting Physician
Mohammad Shafique, M.D
Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
1020 Thompson Street
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-0100

For More Information Please Contact:
Terry Mantle, RN
Manager, Cardiopulmonary Services
Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
1020 Thompson Street
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-0100 extension 4244

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