Cardiac Wellness Program
Our Cardiac Wellness Program is based on the program developed by Herbert Benson, MD and Aggie Casey, RN at Harvard Medical School. It is a 12 week program that helps participants make heart healthy lifestyle changes that last.
Prior to beginning the program, each participant has a consultation with our Cardiologist. A exercise test is performed, and an individual treatment plan is created. A goal setting session will introduce you to all the aspects of the program, including exercise, stress management, and nutrition.
We enroll individuals with heart disease and those with risk factors together in each group.
If you have had:
- Angina, heart attack, heart surgery
- Stent or angioplasty
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
you may be eligible for our program.
We meet once a week for an extended session that includes exercise, stretching, relaxation, a heart healthy snack, and education. Participants practice what they learn throughout the week, and are assigned reading that supports what they learn in class. By including all the important aspects of heart health in each week’s class, our team will help you:
- Reduce your cholesterol
- Reduce your blood pressure
- Manage stress more effectively
- Learn to eat more healthfully
- Control weight
- Improve your social support
- Exercise regularly
- Achieve your optimal heart health
in order to become a more active participant in your health
This group meets each month to provide continued support for the changes made in our 12 week program. It is open to graduates of our program as well as those who have completed Cardiac Rehab elsewhere in the past.
We offer individual consultations to patients with cardiac risk factors.
We address your cardiac risk factors in detail and help you manage your elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, weight, and family history of heart disease.
Stress tests, exercise assessment, 24 hour BP monitoring and other cardiac studies are available as needed.