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Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health of people with heart problems. The sooner a patient starts a cardiac rehabilitation program, with the approval of her cardiologist, the better the outcome will be.

“Patients with conditions such as myocardial infarction (MI), congestive heart failure (CHF) or angina, or who have had a heart transplant or certain procedures including angioplasty and stents, can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation,” says Deborah Petranchik, MS, MAT, Exercise Physiologist and Manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor. “Regular exercise is important for cardiovascular health.”

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley is an outpatient program located in a hospital setting. Patients can utilize its services after inpatient cardiac rehab or as an outpatient after a cardiac event. “The benefit of being located in a hospital is the close proximity to excellent emergency care, should the patient require it,” explains Petranchik. “This provides considerable comfort to many cardiac patients.”

Exercising under the supervision of an exercise physiologist allows the patient to maximize the benefits of heart-related exercise. Patients who attend these rehabilitation programs often find they are able to perform many normal activities of daily living without chest pain or shortness of breath and with restored confidence after only a few weeks.

The Wellness Center

Deborah Petranchik, MS, MAT, Exercise Physiologist and Manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor

“Our rehab program includes three one-hour exercise sessions per week for up to 36 sessions. We monitor the patient’s heart rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, and response to exercise, and provide weekly education on nutrition, smoking cessation, and stress management, ” says Petranchik. “Once referred by a cardiologist, we conduct an intake interview where we review the patient’s medical history and medications, establish goals, and assess physical readiness. The patient can ask questions, meet staff and tour the facility.” Based upon the information provided, the patient’s goals, and the cardiologist’s feedback, an individualized exercise program is designed to meet the patient’s medical needs and ability.

The goal: to build cardiovascular strength and endurance

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is under the supervision of a board-certified cardiologist and exercise physiologists. Reports are shared with a patient’s cardiologist regularly and progress is monitored through a small, lightweight device that transmits information about a patient’s heart rhythm to the exercise physiologist.

​Petranchik adds, “Most patients with cardiac issues can benefit from cardiac rehab, not just those who have had surgery, including those who have suffered a heart attack or have heart failure.”

Upon completion of cardiac rehab, patients are encouraged to continue exercising. NYP/Hudson Valley offers a Phase 3 (unmonitored) program, as well as The Wellness Center, an exercise facility located on-site.

For more information, visit nyp.org/hudsonvalley or call (800) 482-4842 to find a physician.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital
1980 Crompond Rd                           
Cortlandt Manor                                
(914) 737-9000
www.nyp.org/hudsonvalley

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