Lymphedema can affect all parts of the body, but most often found in the limbs. Swelling is the most common sign; however this does not always appear immediately and may develop gradually due to a continuous overload of lymph vessels. The leading causes of Lymphedema include mosquito bites, cancers, burns, or other traumatic injuries.
Therapeutic benefits of lymphedema are designed to move fluid from the tissue and promote normal functioning of the lymph system and help alleviate fluid blockage. Patients are treated with manual lymph drainage, compression garments, skin care, exercise programs, and are taught self-care education to promote a better quality of life.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a progressive 12-18 week program designed to educate, strengthen, and return the patient to their prior level of function, or in most cases, a higher level of function. Patients are closely monitored during exercise by cardiac telemetry, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and heart rate. It has been shown to lessen chances of recurrent episodes, reduce hospitalizations and improve the quality of life for many people who suffer from a heart attack. Education is a major component of this program as well, helping patients manage their medication, and making healthy choices in diet and lifestyle.
Our cardiac rehabilitation program can benefit you in many ways. It can:
- Increase ability to do normal activites of daily living.
- Help you understand and accept you illness.
- Prepare you and your family for a lifestyle that will reduce the risk of recurrent cardiovascular disease.
- Increase your tolerance and decrease fear of exercise.
- Provide a realistic approach to losing and controlling weight.
- Increase tolerance to stress and anxiety.
- Decrease triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
- Decrease high blood pressure.
- Lessen angina pectoris or chest pain during exercise and activites of daily living.
- Improve blood vessel function.
- Improvement in cardiovascular risk factors.
- Improve coronary blood flow.
- Improve electrical stability of the heart muscle to reduce the risk of a fatal heart rythym disturance.
- Reduce risk of blood clots.
- Reduce cardiac work and oxygen requirements.
After you have completed the initial cardiac rehabilitaton outpatient program, we offer a separate maintenance program that allows the opportunity to continue exercising under our care. Clients can continue to monitor blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and continue the camaraderie and fellowship with other participants they have met during their road to recovery.