Patients who have been in an acute-care hospital for medical and/or surgical cardiac care frequently can benefit from medical rehabilitation. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for these individuals.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program focuses on restoring patients to the level of physical endurance and self-sufficiency that they enjoyed in the past. Patients needing follow-up outpatient treatment are referred back to their primary caregivers.
Patient care is directed by a cardiologist and a physiatrist. Together with the patient and family, the rehabilitation team establishes individualized goals, re-evaluates previous goals as needed, monitors patient progress, and coordinates efforts to prepare the patient to leave the inpatient hospital setting.
Cardiac rehabilitation services include:
Patient and family education
Supervised EKG-monitored exercise