Education or knowledge-sharing is the most important aspect of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs. For someone who has had a heart attack or myocardial infarction, having a reliable and knowledgeable professional to talk to and get answers to some pertinent questions makes a big difference. This is what health education is all about. The British Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation very aptly describes the 6 core components in this artwork:
Health behaviour change, which is the first and fundamental step in improving the cardiac and overall wellbeing, depends hugely on proper education. Let us take the common example of hypertension. We all know that high blood pressure is not good for our body and most of us are also aware that reducing salt intake can help reduce our blood pressure. However, only when an experienced dietician understands the food pattern of an individual and educates him/her about obvious and hidden salt in our daily diet, the simple ways by which salt can be cut-down in the household and what are the alternative ingredients that can be used to enhance taste in low-salt cooking, that person is actually able to make that particular health behaviour change of reducing salt in their diet and sustaining that change.
The healthcare team at Cardiac Wellness Institute is not only involved in educating patients and their families about the risk factor management, heart-healthy nutrition and exercise principles but is also actively engaged in training healthcare professionals from other parts of India so that more such comprehensive and high-quality cardiac rehab services become available to the people who need it, close to wherever they live.