Heart problems


This section details the rights for patients who have undergone a cardiac event:

 

Who is entitled to rehabilitation?

After a heart attack or surgery, patients feel vulnerable and anxious and are sometimes afraid of losing their ability to function; they do not always know what action is required in their situation. To alleviate these problems, heart rehabilitation programs have been developed, which are designed for those who suffer from one of the following:

  • Patients who have had a heart attack
  • Patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Patients with Class II-III heart failure and/or LVEF < 35% decrease in left ventricular functionality with intermediate severity and above
  • Patients who have undergone pacemaker/defibrillator implantation


Important to Know: Click here for a Ministry of Health notice regarding rehabilitation for patients who have undergone a heart attack or coronary artery bypass surgery (Hebrew).


Click here for a Ministry of Health notice regarding clinical indications for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implantation (Hebrew).


Dental examination before implantation or open heart surgery

The Ministry of Health requires that before a transplant or open heart surgery, the patient must undergo a comprehensive dental examination and treatment of all of the infections found in the patient, as well as preventive action against infections in the patient. Click here to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding dental care guidelines for organ and prosthetic heart valve implantation patients (in Hebrew).


The Israel Heart Society has prepared a rehabilitation booklet for heart patients which, among other topics, discusses the rehabilitation program, instructions for physical activity, nutritional care and employment advice. Click here to see the booklet on the Israeli Medical Association’s website (Hebrew).


Recovery and Rehabilitation in a Convalescent Home

What is included in the service?

As part of a stay in the convalescent home, the patient is entitled to medical oversight, instruction and follow-up, nutritional lectures and supervised exercise.

 

What is the eligibility in the health basket?

Five days of recovery in a convalescent home which has an agreement with the health plan, without any co-payment.

 

What to do in order to obtain the service?

Contact a health plan representative in the hospital before being released or a health plan representative in a health plan branch within 24 hours of being released from the hospital and present a medical recommendation from a cardiologist.

 

What is the eligibility as part of the health plan’s Additional Health Services (Shaban)?

All of the health plans offer an extended stay in the convalescent home. Click here to view the health plans’ Additional Health Services policies.

 

Important to Know: It is prohibited to charge a co-payment for rehabilitation according to the Ministry of Health’s ombudsman stance paper regarding the prohibition of charging a copayment for rehabilitation of patients after a cardiac event.

 

Rehabilitative Exercise

What is included in the program?

The program includes supervised physical activity with monitoring and follow-up by a cardiologist, a Holter stress test, relaxation and anxiety reduction, plus lectures on proper nutrition and risk factors.

 

What is the eligibility in the health basket?

Anyone is who is insured is eligible to receive the service for a period of 4 months, with a co-payment.

What is the eligibility as part of the health plan’s Additional Health Services (Shaban)?

All of the health plans offer an extended program for an additional 9 month period. Click here to view the health plans’ Additional Health Services policies.

 

Heart Rate Monitoring/Follow-up

What is included in the program?

A personal monitoring device (cardiobeeper), allows the E.K.G to be broadcast directly to the medical center which is manned at all times.

 

What is the eligibility in the health basket?

Receiving the service for 6 weeks.

 

What is the eligibility as part of the health plan’s Additional Health Services (Shaban)?

The health plans offer an extension of the service for an additional period of approximately one year. Click here to view the health plans’ Additional Health Services policies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translated by The Shira Pransky Project