Cardiac rehabilitation is a customized program of exercise and education; designed to help you recover from a heart attack, other forms of heart disease or surgery to treat heart disease. Cardiac rehab is often divided into phases that involve monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support, and support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your risks of heart problems.
The goals are to help you regain strength, to prevent your condition from worsening and to reduce your risk of future heart problems. The patient receives continuous telemetry monitoring of their electrocardiogram and heart rate with frequent blood pressure checks.
Cardiac Rehab Phase II
Phase II is composed of 36 sessions for 12-18 weeks (2-3 days a week M-F). Various class times are offered allowing flexibility to fit the program to the patient's schedule. Each session lasts approximately one hour and consists of warm-up, 30 minutes of aerobic activity and a cool-down. The patient receives continuous telemetry monitoring of their electrocardiogram and heart rate with frequent blood pressure checks. The staff is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and emergency equipment is on hand at all times.
Patients undergo an initial evaluation including physical examination, exercise stress test and resting EKG. From this information, an exercise prescription is individually formulated for each patient.
Cardiac education is provided to each patient and their family in order to facilitate learning and discussion about heart disease and the rehabilitation process. Nutrition classes are also provided by a registered nurse or dietitian.
The following individuals may be eligible for Phase II:
• Post heart attack patients.
• Post bypass or valvular surgery, angioplasty, stent implant, or heart transplant.
• Stable Angina.
• Those with increased risk factors or are coronary artery disease prone.
Cardiac Rehab Phase III
The goal of Phase III is to promote long-term lifestyle changes and adhere to an appropriate exercise regimen. Patients are independent in this phase. They monitor their own heart rate and workloads, and are supervised by the cardiac rehab staff.
Phase III consists of a lifelong program committed to encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle to minimize recurrence of cardiac problems. It focuses on exercise that is unmonitored or performed without a heart monitor.
The staff monitors weekly blood pressure, heart rates while exercising, and provides a bi-annual progress report that updates medications, lab work and workloads.
It is for patients that have completed the Phase II program.
Phase III does not require a physicians referral.
Dates and Times
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
• Not covered by insurance companies
• FREE with CCMH Wellness Center membership
Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps patients to better manage chronic lung disease. Patients who may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation include those with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symptoms such as shortness of breath can be improved through exercises learned in pulmonary rehabilitation.
The key components of our pulmonary rehabilitation program include patient evaluation, pulmonary disease education, therapeutic exercise, and maintenance and follow-up.