Cardiac rehabilitation team
A cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program teaches you how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. This team often includes a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physical therapist. The team designs a program just for you, based on your health and goals. Then they give you support to help you succeed.
What you eat has a big effect on your coronary artery
disease. You may seek the aid of a registered dietitian to help you
plan a heart-healthy diet. If you also have high blood pressure
(hypertension) or diabetes, it may be important to limit salt and sugar intake
Registered dietitians are trained in nutrition. They are experienced in helping people make lifestyle changes. They understand that adjustments to your
eating habits can be the hardest changes to make. And they can help you take
small steps toward the larger goal of a balanced diet.
Mental health professional
Many people with serious conditions such as CAD have
depression. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers can help you deal
with the mental challenges that come with any CAD-related complications that
you may have. Also, they can help you learn to manage the stress in your
life. This can affect the success of your treatment plan.