Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed for people who have had a heart attack, cardiac catheterization, stents, or open-heart surgery. It is a planned program that combines health education with appropriate, monitored exercise. Participants learn how to exercise during supervised activity as well as receive information about how a low fat diet, quitting smoking, stress reduction, and changing other cardiac risk factors can improve their health.
Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Program can help you:
- Understand risk factors for heart disease and how to reduce them
- Improve the ability to cope with stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Understand medications
- Strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system
- Gain a great sense of well-being and confidence
- Improve physical activity
The Cardiac Rehab Department offers the ability to have trained professionals assist, observe, and educate patients while they begin their program. Most patients spend 6-8 weeks attending sessions three times a week following an initial evaluation. Patients are then encouraged to develop a home maintenance program. Patients need a doctor’s referral following a cardiac event (cardiac catheterization, surgery, etc), and must have a stress test and a lipid profile done prior to starting the program.
For more information about our Cardiac Rehabilitation program, please call 520-263-2072.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a service that a registered dietitian (RD) provides. MNT is nutrition counseling tailored to your disease or condition and lifestyle that will improve your health.
- An individualized visit with an RD to review your eating and lifestyle habits as well as medical information.
- Education provided by an RD regarding individualized meal plans designed to meet your lifestyle and medical condition.
- Follow up visits as needed to monitor your progress and continue nutrition counseling/education.
Benefits of MNT
Medical Nutrition Therapy can help you:
- Manage your disease or condition
- Minimize medical complications
- Reduce medication use
- Reduce hospital admissions and doctor visits
- Improve your overall quality of life
- Understand food and drug interactions
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services Provided
We provide individualized medical nutrition therapy for all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics, for a variety of conditions such as (but not limited to):
- Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational)
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Weight management
- Pre/Post gastric bypass
- Food allergies
- Food intolerances
- Tube feeding
- General nutrition
- Gastrointestinal disorders
How to get an appointment for MNT with a Registered Dietitian
- Contact your primary care physician for a prescription and a referral to see a dietitian for your specific diagnosis or condition.
- Call Centralized Scheduling at 520-263-3900 to schedule an appointment Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm then on Fridays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Maternal Child Department provides a screening program for postpartum wellness, specifically to assess for a woman’s risk of Postpartum Depression or Mood Disorder. A team of Maternal Child RNs have been trained for this program. The program consists of a phone call, by one of our team members, to a woman four weeks after delivery. We use the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to evaluate a new mother’s risk for Postpartum Depression or Mood Disorder, a distressing disorder more prolonged than the “baby blues.” If a woman scores nine or greater on the EPDS, we refer her to a doctor and other community resources as appropriate.
What is a Postpartum Mood Disorder?
Having a baby is typically viewed as a happy time in a family’s life. However, many women experience emotional changes after childbirth that can have a serious effect on the entire family. Emotional changes are the result of many factors, including changes in hormones, the physical stress of labor and delivery, not getting enough sleep, and the demands of caring for a newborn. About 75-80% of new moms will experience the Baby Blues. It is described as mild depression mixed with happier feelings, or as some women state, “It’s an emotional roller coaster.”
The Blues usually begin 2-3 days after birth and symptoms include:
- tiredness, inability to sleep, feelings of sadness, crying spells, feeling overwhelmed, inability to cope, feelings of loneliness
- feeling nervous/anxious
If the Baby Blues last more than two weeks or if symptoms of the blues become worse, you are most likely experiencing Postpartum Depression. 10-20% of women will experience Postpartum Depression. Symptoms include those included with Baby Blues as well as:
- anger, fear, and/or feeling of guilt, thoughts of inadequacy as a person/parent, hard time concentrating/making decisions, appetite changes, feeling disconnected from the baby
- possible suicidal thoughts
There are several treatments for postpartum mood disorders. The most common of these are:
- Postpartum support groups, Individual or Couples Therapy
- In come cases, medication
Advice for Fathers
- Understand that this is not her fault and she is not making up these symptoms. Be patient and encouraging. Tell her you love her and recognize that she is doing her best. Learn all you can about postpartum mood disorders and help her find professionals who will understand her issues and give her the support she needs.
- Know that she will be well.
Women who have a mild form of postpartum mood disorder may find some relief by trying some of the following ideas:
- Find someone to care for the baby so you can sleep. Get some mild to moderate exercise each day. Eat nutritious, balanced meals to give you energy. Talk about your experiences with someone you trust. Take some time just for you each day. Give yourself permission to do less and allow others to help you
- Give yourself credit for all that you do each day!
When Self Help is not Enough
If symptoms do not get better or they start to interfere with your daily life, women are encouraged to contact their health care provider. The Arizona Warmline for Postpartum Support International is 888-434-MOMS (6667). Canyon Vista Medical Center’s postpartum message phone is 520-263-3221.
Thrive, a Wellness Center at the Mall
Choosing to adopt a healthy lifestyle is perhaps one of the most important medical decisions you may ever make. Our goal at Canyon Vista Medical Center is to provide you with the necessary tools to achieve your ideal healthy lifestyle through information, resources and interaction with healthcare professionals. A healthy lifestyle includes not only tangible resources, but peace of mind as well. Thrive is located in the Mall at Sierra Vista. There you will find information including health pamphlets and literature. You will also have the opportunity to visit with various healthcare professionals, apply for a hospital job, pay a hospital bill, or get your insurance questions answered. Canyon Vista Medical Center has many different departments that offer prevention information and services featured on a regular basis, as well as a variety of free health lectures from healthcare providers. Like and follow Thrive on Facebook.
Thrive is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. and is located between Sears and the Food Court. For more information or questions, please call 520-459-8210 or like Thrive on Facebook.