If you qualify for cardiac rehab, ask your care provider if at-home rehabilitation is an option for you as well.
According to Thomas, there are many reasons why home-based cardiac rehab is so important right now.
A big advantage of home rehab is that it keeps patients out of the hospital. Home rehab also ensures that patients get cardiac rehab wherever they live, while social distancing from others, especially other older patients with heart disease.
In-home rehab also promotes healthier eating, which is helpful as most restaurants are closed, Thomas said.
Rehab is also good for mental and emotional health. Taking charge of your health can have a positive effect.
At-home rehab can also help you quit smoking. Not smoking lowers the risk of developing COVID-19 because smoking makes it easier for the virus to get into body cells. Smoking also damages lung tissues, making them easier to infect, he explained.
Home-based rehab connects patients with medical professionals who can help them through recovery after a heart attack or surgery.
Through in-person assessments, phone calls, online messaging, wearable monitoring devices and other approaches, cardiac rehabilitation professionals help guide heart patients through the same components of care, just as in a hospital-based program, Thomas said.