Cardiac Rehabilitation

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St. John Medical Center is committed to administering not only to the physical needs of patients, but to the emotional and spiritual aspects of their lives as well.We’ll work with you to regain control of your health and your life.

St. John Medical Center offers a three-phase Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to get you back on your feet. Our program of support, education and monitored exercise helps you establish and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, gain strength and confidence, and regain control of your health.

How It Works

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 function, risk factors, stress, medications and nutrition are also provided both in individual meetings and in small group sessions.

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.