The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a monitored exercise program that uses a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a cardiologist, exercise physiologist, nurses, dietitians & pharmacists to manage heart disease.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Through rehabilitation, patients can learn how to reduce many of the risk factors that contribute to heart disease such as inactivity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, smoking, diabetes and stress.
- Heart Attack
- Stable Angina
- Coronary Bypass Surgery
- Angioplasty (“balloon” procedure)
- Stent Implantation
- Heart Transplant
- Valvular Surgery
What are the goals of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?
- Reduce the risk of another heart attack or death
- Alleviate or lessen activity-related symptoms
- Limit progression of atherosclerosis or reverse it
- Reduce blood pressure
- Stop cigarette smoking
- Decrease body weight and fat stores
- Improve physical fitness
- Modify lipid levels
- Make social and psychological adjustments
How does the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program work?
Phase I (Inpatient)
While in the hospital, the Phase I staff will direct your early activity program and provide you with education about the recovery process and steps you can take to reduce your future risk of heart problems.
Phase II (Outpatient)
Soon after you leave the hospital you can enter the outpatient Phase II program. Prior to entering the Phase II program, your risk factors for heart disease will be evaluated. We will develop a personal plan with you and your family, directed at strategies and education to lessen your risks. As part of the program, monitored exercise sessions are offered. Your exercise is designed to help you return to your daily activities, job, hobbies and independent lifestyles safely. Your program will be tailored to your personal needs, ability and interest.
The Phase III program is an ongoing option for those that have completed the Phase II program. This program is designed to maintain the functional level and benefits achieved during the Phase II program. The Phase III program, which involves a small monthly membership fee, is an option for individuals who want to continue their exercise program and social interaction.