Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, and East Brunswick, NJ

Facing cardiovascular disease can be stressful and we’re here to help. Cardio Metabolic Institute proudly serves as New Jersey’s only Pritikin Certified Intensive Cardiac Rehab™ center, a proven heart health wellness and prevention program. Implemented through our team of experts, the program will provide you with the resources, confidence and support to lower your risk for future cardiovascular issues. For more than 35 years, the Pritikin Program has been taught to over 100,000 people. The program is comprised of three components: nutrition, exercise, and mind-body health. Patients are taught optimal health is achieved through lifestyle change that incorporates the foods we eat, our daily physical activity, and how we handle stress. While some factors affecting health, such as age, gender, and family history, are not controllable, the Pritikin Program is proven to prevent, control, or reverse risk factors associated with a number of chronic diseases, ailments, and conditions including high cholesterol, chronic inflammation, hypertension, obesity/ weight gain and more. Learn more about Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation here.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Q & A

Why do I need cardiac rehabilitation? Who qualifies for it?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a lot like physical therapy after heart surgery. It’s a medically supervised wellness program designed to improve your health and help lower your risk of issues in the future.

To qualify for cardiac rehab, you must have experienced one or more of the following events, and have not yet begun medically supervised cardiac rehab after your most recent event:

  • Heart attack
  • Chronic stable angina
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Coronary angioplasty or stenting procedure
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement

 

What happens during cardiac rehabilitation?

Your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique heart health needs. We will address all cardiovascular disease risk factors and provide you with the resources needed to take control of your health. Key focus areas include:

  • ECG monitored fitness sessions including; cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility exercises.
  • Exercise regimen planning
  • Nutritional and dietary counseling
  • Meditation, counseling for stress and improving emotional well-being
  • Smoking cessation (if needed)

What is the Pritikin Eating Plan?

The Pritikin Eating Plan focuses on meals that incorporate a variety of unrefined, minimally processed foods, highlighting the value of healthy, nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The health benefits from the Pritikin Eating Plan have been scientifically proven through numerous peer-reviewed published studies. These studies, cited in Medicare’s national coverage determination, showed the plan (along with exercise and stress-reduction) slowed down the progression of coronary artery disease.

How soon will I see results with cardiac rehabilitation?

Heart disease doesn’t develop or go away overnight. It takes time for the lifestyle changes you make during cardiac rehabilitation to make noticeable improvements.

Through regular check-ins, occasional blood samples and stress tests, we will hold you accountable for ensuring your heart health is progressing.

In many cases, participants will notice improvements such as improved quality of life, weight loss, a reduction in blood pressure or cholesterol, within a few months.

Book an evaluation today by calling our office at 732-846-7000; extension 152.