Heart Health at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center offers a heart care team to assist patients who are recovering from a heart attack or other cardiac issues. The program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), recognizing that the program meets the highest standards of care.
This medically integrated program teaches people to eat healthier, exercise more safely, and provides the guidance and support needed to improve an individual’s health and well-being throughout their journey to heart health. Its goal is to educate, guide and help manage and reduce the risks that cause heart conditions and recurring heart events.
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation is a series of programs ordered by a physician for individuals with risks that can cause heart problems, as well as, those already recovering from specific heart conditions, events or surgeries. Registered nurses work with doctors, dieticians, therapists and pharmacists to help people understand their disease by providing education, lifestyle management guidance and supervision of safe and effective exercise. Patients receive individualized healthcare management and guidance to assist them through all the phases of their healthcare crisis. All areas of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation focus on the management of blood pressure, weight, diabetes, physical inactivity and the emotional well-being of an individual that has been diagnosed with any risk factor of heart disease and/or are recovering from heart related complications, events or surgery. The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is not only for those who have had a heart attack or recovering from surgery but any person that has identifiable risks can participate.
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Coordinator, Rachel Terracina RN, BSN, CCRP says “Knowledge is power, so you should get a handle on the risks you face right away”.
The more risk factors you have, and the greater the level of each risk factor, the higher your chance of developing coronary heart disease — a common term for the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that could lead to heart attack.
- Major risk factors
Research has shown that these unchangeable factors significantly increase the risk of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.
- Modifiable risk factors
Some major risk factors can be modified, treated or controlled through medications or lifestyle change.
- Contributing risk factors
These factors are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but their significance and prevalence haven't yet been determined.
The benefits of maintaining a healthy weight go far beyond improved energy and smaller clothing sizes. By losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, you are also likely to enjoy these quality-of-life factors too.
- Fewer joint and muscle pains
- More energy and greater ability to join in desired activities
- Better regulation of bodily fluids and blood pressure
- Reduced burden on your heart and circulatory system
- Better sleep patterns
- Reductions in blood triglycerides, blood glucose, and risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Reduced risk for heart disease and certain cancers
BMI (Body Mass Index)
This is a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. It is used as a screening tool to identify whether an adult is at a healthy weight.
Excess weight increases the heart's work.
It also raises blood pressure and blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It can make diabetes more likely to develop, too. Lifestyle changes that help you maintain a 3-5% weight loss are likely to result in clinically meaningful improvements in blood glucose, triglycerides, and risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Greater weight loss can even help reduce blood pressure and improve blood cholesterol.
Basic Exercise Recommendations
Sedentary adults should engage in low to moderate physical activity with a gradual progression to the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Insufficiently active adults should achieve 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.
Children and adolescents should obtain up to 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day including a mix of aerobic activity, muscle strengthening, and bone loading.
The American Heart Association recommends beginning heart disease prevention early in life, starting by assessing your risk factors and working to keep them low. The sooner you know and manage your risk factors, the better your chances of leading a heart-healthy life.
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is committed to the health and wellness of our community. For more information on the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program, located in the Wellness Center, please contact 985-493-4736.