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Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardio Fitness

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CARDIAC REHABILITATION AND CARDIO FITNESS

CONSULTATION HOURS

Mon – Thu (8:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm)
Fri/Sun (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Closed on Saturday & Selected Public Holidays

CONTACT

For further information, kindly contact:
Adventist LivingWell Physio Centre
Tel: +604 222 7303 / +604 222 7347
Email: 

Location: Previously known as LivingWell Physio Centre, now have change to Out Patient Physiotherapy, situated beside multi storey carpark, entrance via Brown road.

ABOUT US

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals that helps improve the social condition, mental and physical health and well-being of people who have heart problems. The program consists of 4 phases which include exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help patient return to an active life in a timely manner.

4 phases in Cardiac rehabilitation
  • The initial phase of cardiac rehabilitation will begin as soon as after a cardiac event or cardiac surgery when you are still in the hospital. Based on your condition and response, a progressive less strenuous exercise program will proceed during the length of your stay and the exercise goals will be established and communicated to you and your family each day. Education on home-exercise walking, home activities precaution, daily dietary and lifestyle management will be given by the members of cardiac rehabilitation team.
  • Phase II is the early outpatient exercise program. You will be referred by the physician to Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre whereby you will be scheduled to start the program within 1 week to 1 month after discharged from hospital. A closely monitored exercise program is emphasized in this phase and the program is designed by trained physiotherapist to meet your individual needs depending on the specific heart problem or disease. It consists of warm up exercise, exercises targeting on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and ends with a cool down session.
  • Phase III is an advanced outpatient exercise program as progression of phase II that also takes place in Adventist Vibrant Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre. It involves a more intense level of exercises based on the doctor’s recommendation and your goal. At the same time, you are continued to be monitored of your body’s response to increased workload.
  • Phase IV is a maintenance and prevention stage. If you like to continue the healthy lifestyle taken up from previous phases and wish to reduce the risk of future heart event, you may sign up to continue exercising in our well-equipped Adventist Vibrant Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.
WHAT IS CARDIO FITNESS PROGRAM?

In this program will contain cardio exercise and strength training exercise which can raise your heart rate and also improve your body metabolism. Strength training In this program will target your large muscle group.

Components of Cardio fitness program
  • Interval training to improve aerobic power should involve low or high intensity intervals with 1 to 2 minutes recovery in between. Warm up and cold down (around 10minutes) at low intensity aerobic pace are important during interval training
  • Strength training consists of different types of exercise which used the resistance to induce muscle contraction which can build the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. The basic principles of strength training involved the number of repetitions (reps), sets, force to cause changes in strength, endurance and size by overloading a group of muscles. Sample of strength training: 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions of a resistance training exercise for each major muscle group at an intensity of 40% to 80% of a one repetition max (RM). Rest in between exercise sets is recommended to allow for proper muscle recovery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION (FAQ)
Who should participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation program?

People with:

  • Recent heart attack
  • Recent heart surgery (example: CABG, valve replacement)
  • Angina
  • Pacemaker
  • Heart disease (CHF)
Who can participate in Cardiac Fitness program?

People with:

  • High risk of getting heart disease (family history of heart problem, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking)
  • Post menopause
  • Diabetes
What are the benefits of Cardiac rehabilitation program?
  • Improve your cardiovascular endurance
  • Help to control your weight gain
  • Strengthen your muscle
  • Improve general flexibility
  • Improve your cholesterol level (HDL)
  • Improve circulation
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce risk of future heart event
What are the benefits of Cardiac fitness program?
  • Weight loss (burning more calories than you take in)
  • Increase bone density
  • Reduce stress with better sleep
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Helps to control blood pressure and improves blood lipid profile (cholesterol)
  • Strengthen heart and lung
  • Reduce mood swing and depression
  • Increase energy level for more active lifestyle
How to get started for Cardiac rehabilitation program?

You will need to consult your cardiologist and a referral is required to participate in the program. Please bring along a copy of the documents listed below on your first visit to Adventist Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre:

  1. Cardiac test which may include: Stress test, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Echocardiogram
  2. Recent Blood test results which may include: Cholesterol panel, Electrolytes, Hematocrit and haemoglobin, Blood glucose (sugar) level
  3. Medical records from recent hospitalizations which may include: Operation reports, Hospitalization discharged summary
How to get started for Cardio fitness program?

You will need to consult your cardiologist and a referral is required to participate in the program. Please bring along a copy of the documents listed below on your first visit to Adventist Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre:

  1. Recent Blood test results which may include: Cholesterol panel, Electrolytes, Hematocrit and haemoglobin, Blood glucose (sugar) level
  2. Any relevant documents
Remarks

** Cardiac rehabilitation and fitness program are carried out by trained physiotherapist. Participants who have any knee or back pain can still join our program. These programs are strictly appointment-based.

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