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Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

 Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

Following a cardiovascular event – such as a heart attack, balloon angioplasty, or even heart surgery - patients often need specifically designed rehabilitation to significantly improve cardiac health. With that in mind, CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin opened the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in 2014.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation team, led by Medical Director Ravinder Bachireddy M.D., FACC, co-founder of the Heart Institute of East Texas, consists of an on-site Supervising Cardiologist, Registered Nurse, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and other healthcare professionals.

Promoting Cardiovascular Health and Individual Well-being

  • Research-centered patient-specific care
  • Specific exercise prescription
  • Risk factor assessment
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Lifestyle modification
 Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Research indicates that patients who undergo cardiac rehabilitation have 25-30% reduction in heart attacks and strokes. Exercise can provide great benefits for those with cardiovascular conditions.

  • Increase in skeletal/cardiac muscle strength
  • Enhance physical functioning and ability for independent living
  • Decrease myocardial demands and strain over time
  • High activity levels are associated with lower death rates from coronary artery disease
  • Reduced blood platelet adhesiveness and aggregation
  • Reduce systolic/diastolic blood pressures
  • Increase insulin sensitivity, improve glucose tolerance
  • Increase good (HDL) cholesterol and decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Reduced total body fat
  • Decreased anxiety and depression

The individualized cardiac rehabilitation program typically lasts between 6-12 weeks and consists of 2-3 exercise and/or education sessions per week. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of each patient, including continuous heart and hemodynamic monitoring to ensure healthy progression and cardiovascular wellness.

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