Recovery processes for heart patients are complex, requiring various treatments to ensure the body’s heart and circulatory system return to functioning normally. In the light of recent medical developments, Dr Punnawich Wongwiwatthanon a rehabilitation specialist at Sukumvit Hospital explains the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in the pursuit of a successful recovery.
Understanding your condition allows for a greater chance of a successful recovery
According to Dr Wongwiwatthanon there are numerous heart conditions that require on-going rehabilitation, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, and patients who have gone through surgical procedures such as cardiac ablation. Apart from choosing the right medication and surgery practice for each patient, it is crucial to understand the causes of these conditions and how they have developed based on a person’s general health, body systems, as well as their lifestyle choices. It is also key to recognise the risk factors involved with each treatment choice.Intensive research has proven that cardiac rehabilitation allows for a greater chance at preventing a relapse or the deterioration of a stable condition, creating a better chance for heart patients to live life normally.
New developments in apparatuses and technology
At Sukumvit Hospital’s rehabilitation centre, the facilities are aimed at long-term therapy for heart patients. Under the right care, individuals have access to specific exercise equipment that can help the heart become stronger, including the use of weights. These apparatuses can be tailored to fit an individual’s body type and ability which ensures maximum comfort and safety. In order to promote the heart’s resilience, the clinic features exercise bikes and treadmills that have been developed and constructed specifically for heart patients. Furthermore, the clinic offers oxygen therapy machines for those who suffer from heart failure, or other conditions that make it difficult to breathe as a result of the body being unable to produce enough oxygen under stress.
Dr Pannawish Wongwiwattananon
Rehabilitation principles that can aid in restoring good health
There are various steps and approaches one can take in contributing to a successful recovery period. In addition to using the equipment available, consistent participation in simple exercises can aid in restoring cardiac health, including walking around and standing up from a sitting down position. It is also crucial to include a warm-up and warm-down period to minimise the risk of injury. At the clinic, vitals such as a patient’s blood pressure are constantly monitored to prevent any kind of overstraining the system.
The processes involved with treating the heart are incredibly complex and delicate, requiring a skilled team of cardiologists and specialiststo execute. The team at Sukumvit Hospital establish their clear vision through careful planning, creating the possibility for patients to achieve stability in regard to their health. This functions on a case to case basis but the clinic aims at achieving success by taking into consideration an individual’s capacity for recovery as well as their safety and comfort.
“Sukumvit Hospital, which began operation in 1977, has just completed a major makeover. Not only have they built a brand new building, but the entire team of doctors, specialists, nurses and assistants have all been trained with the singular aim of helping their patients maintain optimum health. Then there are the equipment, state-of-the-art MRIs, Cath labs and myriad of others, so that their specialists have the best available tools for diagnosis and treatment. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit Road with English speaking staff, Sukumvit Hospital is now ready for any emergencies or treatments.”
Dr Davin Narula, Hospital Director