Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that takes place in a hospital setting. Rehab can do a lot to aid in your recovery process. From start to finish, your program is individualized to meet your specific needs. One of the best things you can do for yourself to speed up your recovery and help prevent future events, is enroll in cardiac rehabilitation.
It is here that you will:
- Learn appropriate exercise progression.
- Understand risk factors and lifestyle modifications for them.
- Gain support from others that have gone through similar events.
- Regain confidence and get back to your normal activities of daily living.
Three Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase I begins when you are in the hospital recovering from heart surgery, a heart attack or another heart-related problem. Low-level activity and education are emphasized.
Phase II begins soon after you leave the hospital. This is a closely monitored and supervised phase of rehabilitation. Participants improve their cardiovascular endurance and overall physical health through monitored exercise, classes and guidance from Cardiac Rehabilitation staff. Family member involvement is encouraged so they can learn about the healing and prevention process as well.
Phase III is a supervised exercise program for patients to maintain the cardiovascular endurance they have achieved in Phase II. Exercise regimens are guided by patient goals, needs and capabilities. Patients can discover their strengths while adjusting their lifestyles for optimal health.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is for those who have had:
- Medically stable post myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Stable angina
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heart/lung transplant
- Valve surgery, pacemaker, ICD implantation
- High risk coronary artery disease – no ability to intervene
- Sudden Cardiac death syndrome
- End stage renal disease
- At risk for heart disease, especially those with diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension