How Does It Work?
Our cardiac rehabilitation team includes physicians, exercise specialists, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, spiritual care, and your own family. And, we all work toward one common goal – your return to an enjoyable and productive life. This program, carried out in three phases, is based on your particular needs and abilities.
Inpatient Monitored Phase:
A gradual increase in activity after a cardiac event aids in a successful and complete recovery. The cardiac rehabilitation team evaluates your tolerance to physical activities and establishes specific guidelines in preparation for your discharge from the hospital.
Outpatient Monitored Phase:
After you return home, the rehab team helps you regain strength and confidence through a progressive program of physical activity and emotional support. During exercise, you’ll be carefully monitored to evaluate your progress. Both you and your family receive counseling about diet and lifestyle modifications that will keep you healthy. Educational sessions covering heart functions, risk factors, stress management, medications and nutrition are also provided both in individual meetings and in small group sessions.
Exercise classes are one hour in length, three times per week. The exercise is in a group setting with each patient carrying out their individual program.
Supervised “Graduate” Phase:
This phase includes aerobic exercise, calisthenics, and upper-body work to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle as well as mutual support and encouragement from other patients and their families. This phase is available for patients who want to continue to exercise in a supervised setting.
Graduate phase is a self-pay program that can be joined by anyone with a referral from a physician. The Cardiac Rehab staff will gladly assist with the referral process.
Please contact your physician for a referral, or our cardiac rehab coordinator at (360) 414-7384 for more information.