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February is National Heart Health Month

Scerbo Physical Therapy > Blog > February is National Heart Health Month

Dr. Frank J. Scerbo, PT, DPT, CSCS ///

February is not only about celebrating love but a time to learn more about your heart health. Heart disease and the conditions that lead to it can happen at any age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiovascular diseases affect the heart and circulatory system (heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure).

Scerbo PT offers a post-cardiac rehabilitation program. Physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation are distinct but related fields that focus on improving the health and well-being of individuals, particularly those with cardiac issues or other health conditions.

Physical Therapy can play a key role in heart health:

  • The main goals of cardiac rehabilitation include improving cardiovascular fitness, reducing the risk of future cardiac events, and enhancing overall well-being. This is achieved through a combination of exercise, education, and counseling.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation typically includes structured exercise programs, education on heart-healthy lifestyles, dietary counseling, and emotional support.
  • Physical therapists may play a role in the rehabilitation of individuals with cardiac conditions. They can address musculoskeletal issues that may arise as a result of cardiac events or surgeries, such as joint pain, muscle weakness, or postural problems.
  • Physical therapists often collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including cardiac rehabilitation specialists, to provide comprehensive care to individuals with complex health needs.
  • Scerbo PT may incorporate physical therapy exercises into the cardiac rehabilitation program to address both musculoskeletal and cardiovascular aspects of a patient’s recovery.

While physical therapy is a broader field that addresses a range of physical health issues, including musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, cardiac rehabilitation is a specialized program specifically tailored to individuals with cardiovascular diseases.

February is National Heart Health Month. Scerbo PT specialists take pride in using a holistic approach to patient care, that aids in addressing cardiac recovery.

Contact us today to learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation program.

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