The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore
When physicians recommend lifestyle changes that include exercises, many patients need a structured and supervised program in order to optimize cardiac rehabilitation and recovery. Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation services begin with a complete medical evaluation and continue with prescribed and monitored exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education and counseling.
Our cardiac rehabilitation team is comprised of physicians who are board certified in Internal Medicine and in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as an exercise physiologist who has been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. The service is provided to patients with the following problems: post heart attack (acute myocardial infarction), post coronary bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, following placement of stent, stable angina, post heart transplant.
An appropriately prescribed and closely monitored exercise program is an integral component of cardiac rehabilitation. Individualized muscle strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning programs are developed utilizing a variety of equipment, free weights and isotonic machines. Informal nutritional counseling is provided, and ongoing communication with the patient's primary care doctor and cardiologist continues throughout the duration of this program.