Are You a Candidate for Cardiac Therapy?

Do you or a loved one suffer from a lifestyle limited by symptoms on physical exertion? If the answer is “YES’, and you have been diagnosed with Ischemic Coronary Artery Disease with symptoms of Angina then you may potentially be an appropriate candidate for Cardiac Therapy.

Although Cardiac Therapy is proven beneficial to virtually anyone who completes treatment, the current guidelines for Medicare & Insurance companies to cover (pay) Cardiac Therapy are those that meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of Ischemic Coronary Artery disease
  • Symptoms of Angina with physical activity (walking up a flight stairs or exercise)
  • Chest Pain (Tightness or Discomfort) Check list
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Palpitation

**Keep in mind, Cardiac Therapy is a rehabilitation regimen for patient with a stable condition that affects you from comfortably performing daily activities.  If you have symptoms at rest, your condition is likely more advanced (unstable Angina) and you should consult with your physician. Your condition may require more immediate attention.

Other Eligible Patients for Cardiac Therapy include:

  • Limited functional Capacity due to Ischemic Coronary Artery Disease
  • Unable to exercise or engage in physical activities
  • Patients that live a sedentary (or inactive) lifestyle due to heart disease
  • Taking excess medication
  • Inadequate relief from medication
  • Patients with small vessel disease
  • Patients with incomplete re-vascularization
  • Unspecified form Angina (Cardiac Syndrome X)
  • Micro-vessel disease (common in women)
  • Patients that are not good candidates for intervention or invasive procedures
  • Patients that refuse or prefer a non-invasive alternative to invasive procedures
  • Diabetics with neuropathy where surgery imposes excessive risk of complications
  •  Circulatory disorders
  •  Excessive retention of fluid due to weak heart & circulatory vascular system

If you are reading this far, then chances are Cardiac Therapy can be a viable treatment option to restore a more active and quality lifestyle. Although Cardiac Therapy is generally safe, there are a few medical conditions that can exclude you from treatment.

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