Rehabilitation & Wellness Program
If you have recently had a heart attack, or have undergone open heart surgery or angioplasty, you are probably feeling a little frightened and confused. You are unsure of the effect this will have on your life and normal activities.
At St. Peter's, we understand your questions and anxieties, and have developed a Rehabilitation and Wellness program to help you through your recovery process. Our team, which includes cardiologists, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse, a clinical dietician, social workers and therapists, will help you better understand what steps you can take to lead a healthy and normal life.
You should talk with your physician, who can help you decide if you would benefit from the program. Since you need a physician's referral, he or she can make the necessary arrangements for your registration.
Registration & Payment
To register, download and complete the Physician Referral Form. Have your physician sign it and return it to us. If you wish to fax it to us, our number is 518-525-1031. We will then enroll you in the program.
Medicare and most major health insurers will pay for part of cardiac rehabilitation. We hope you will consider taking advantage of our program. Our major goal is to help you and your family throughout your recovery and to assist you in getting back to your normal activities so that you can continue to live a healthy and productive lifestyle.
How Does the Program Work?
We'll help you increase your cardiovascular fitness so that you are able to increase your work capacity and decrease fatigue. Supervised exercise sessions are held three times a week, one hour per session, for 10 to 12 weeks. Each session begins with a warm-up period and includes aerobic activity utilizing exercise equipment including a treadmill, stationary bicycle and arm-crank, and ends with a cool down period. All participants are observed on a heart monitor during each phase of exercise, and are informed about what types of activities can be done at home.
We will assist you and your family in identifying changes in your lifestyle that will decrease your cardiac risk factors. Sessions through the 10- to 12-week program will offer information on how the heart functions, cardiac risk factors, stress management, physical and sexual activities, medications, diet and smoking. Your family is encouraged to attend these sessions to learn how they may help you during your recovery process. Written material is provided to reinforce and review the information presented.
Our program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our program.
St. Peter's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
400 Patroon Creek
Albany, NY 12206
American Heart Association
American Diabetes Association
American Lung Association
American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation
American College of Cardiology
Cardiosource (from the American College of Cardiology)