Goals are set at the beginning of rehabilitation. Each participant’s benchmarks are unique to the individual’s specific needs and health status at the start of rehabilitation, Parr says.
A cardiovascular event can be a huge incentive for people to change their lifestyles, whether that means quitting smoking, losing weight or eating healthy.
Those changes need to be permanent, and a good support system at home can help patients avoid slipping back into unhealthy patterns, Parr says.
Having a spouse who continues to smoke or eat unhealthy food, for example, can significantly reduce a patient’s success.
“A good support system can help reinforce positive habits and achieve goals,” she says. “And not only can patients benefit, but so can the people who make up that support system by incorporating those new, good habits into their own lives.”