Cardiac Rehabilitation: Physician Referral Required
There was a time when patients with heart disease were sent home and told
to stay in bed. Those days, however, are gone. Research documents the
overwhelming benefits of monitored exercise for all types of cardiac conditions—and
the St. Jude Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation specializes
in bringing those benefits to patients.
This comprehensive program helps people recover from heart attack and heart
disease, as well as help those at risk to improve their health and healthy
lifestyle. Through a carefully designed blend of exercise therapy, education,
and support we can help you recover faster, reduce your risk of future
heart problems, and give you more energy to do the things you enjoy. Many
of our patients feel better after completing our program than they did
before their heart attack.
The multidisciplinary rehabilitation team includes a physician, psychologist,
advance practice cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, educators and
registered dietitians—each contributing their expertise to ensure
your successful recovery.
The program takes patients, who meet the criteria, through every stage
of recovery. In the beginning, individualized cardiac-monitored exercise
sessions are combined with ongoing education to learn heart healthy eating,
stress management, and lifestyle changes. Later, you can continue to improve
your health under the supervision of an experienced cardiac staff while
enjoying the convenience of picking when and how often you want to exercise.
The program offers the best of both worlds: guidance and support from
highly trained therapists and cardiac nurses, as well as the sophisticated
equipment and energy level of a fitness center. To learn more, call (714)
992-3000, ext. 3789.
Congestive Heart Failure Program: Physician Referral Required
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the nation’s most expensive—and
most deadly—conditions. It is the leading cause of hospitalization
for those over 65 and, in addition to a dramatic decline in quality of
life, CHF results in five-year mortality rate of 50 percent.
St. Jude is a leader in showing just how much these statistics can be changed.
Through one-on-one education, personalized diet and exercise programs,
telephone monitoring and medical management, our innovative Congestive
Heart Failure Program can help you stabilize and reverse the damage of
heart failure. The results? Dramatically improved outcomes: While the
national average for each CHF patient is almost three hospital admissions
per year, the hospital admission rate for our patients is significantly
reduced. To learn more about this program talk to your doctor.
Coumadin Clinic: St. Jude Heritage Physician Referral Required
For those taking Coumadin or other blood thinners, frequent monitoring
to measure the medication’s effect is essential. The St. Jude Heritage
Medical Group Coumadin Clinic offers an easy and convenient solution:
patients make an appointment, are seen promptly, have their blood tested
(a finger stick puncture) and receive on-the-spot results. If your dosage
needs to be adjusted, our clinical staff, who specialize in anticoagulation
therapy, will discuss the change “face to face"—no more
waiting days for lab results delivered via a phone call. Equally important,
this cardiologist-supervised clinic offers personalized education about
Coumadin, tailored to address specific needs and questions.
Patients are referred to the Coumadin Clinic by their St. Jude Heritage
physician. Because of our state-of-the-art electronic medical records,
your medical history and health information is instantly available whenever
you are seen—and updated with each test result. This ensures your
cardiologist is immediately aware of lab results and any dosage adjustment.
To learn more about this program talk to your doctor.