Help! Cardiac Rehab Discussion

  1. Hi guys! I may need help or your tips/guides. Im in my 4th year BS nursing and currently taking up cardiac nursing as one of my specialty interest.

    Lecturer have asked me to do a "student-led seminar" in which the topic is about "CARDIAC REHABILITATION & SECONDARY PREVENTION". The student-led seminar means doing a presentation in front of your class plus making discussions among them (interactive presentation).

    i do have some ideas about cardiac rehab but im afraid my knowledge wouldnt be enough, as i think im not good at making discussions in front of everybody where i have to trigger something in order for the audience to interact.

    Any tips/guides would be really helpful and I appreciate it alot! thanks..
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  3. by   KBICU
    Look up things like open heart surgery and cardiac rehab. My patients post cardiac surgery go 4-6 weeks post op to cardiac rehab. Secondary prevention may be things like eating right excercising etc. Websites of hospitals that offer cardiac rehab may give you more insight on what programs entail
  4. by   missnurse01
    go talk to a cardiac rehab program at a hosp that has one. they would probably be more than happy to let you know what it is all about! mostly gentle exercise and education education education! how about multiple choice easy questions to the students with candy as a treat! or since it's cardiac rehab maybe fruit!
  5. by   CVCURN
    I don't know if you're still working on this project, but if so I can give you a run down on the rehab we educate our post-CABG patients on in my unit. Starting day 1 post-op they are to walk 4 times a day on the floor. Once they get home they are to continue walking 4 times a day for a total of AT LEAST 30 minutes total/day. We give them a little chart to write their daily minutes on to take to their follow up appt with their cardiologist. I tell them to make it their personal goal to be walking 1.5-2 miles three times a week by the time they have been post-op for 3 months. This is the amount of exercise any healthy adult should be able to complete without becoming short of breath. They are to participate fully in their personal care including showering, etc. At first we allow them to have a totally open diet as they commonly don't want to eat at all for a week or 2 after surgery r/t nausea etc. that the intense medication regimen makes them feel post-op. We continue this diet regimen until they are really getting strong and then their cardiologist will modify their diet, however, we do advise a no-added-salt concept from the start since that is usually a hard habit to break and takes time. And as always they are to take daily weights and their VS BID and take a record of these values to their follow-up appointments. Hope that helps!