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Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation services can help individuals with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Cardiac Rehab includes exercise, education, counseling, and learning ways to live a healthier life. It is a safe, effective way to help you feel better, get stronger, lose weight, reduce stress, reduce the risk of future heart problems and live longer.

Cardiac Rehabilitation often begins in the hospital after a heart attack, heart surgery or other heart treatment. It then continues in our outpatient program after you leave the hospital. Cardiac Rehab has two major parts:

Exercise training - we help you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles, and improve your stamina. Your exercise program will be created to fit your medical condition, personal needs and interests.

Education, Counseling, and Training - we help you understand your heart condition and find ways to reduce your risk of future heart problems. The Healthy Hearts team will help you cope with the stress of adjusting to your new lifestyle and deal with your fears about the future.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is available in three phases:

Phase 1: Focuses on education and therapy in exercise techniques while the patient is in the hospital being treated for heart disease.

Phase 2: Focuses on education, therapy and exercise sessions in an outpatient setting. Sessions last approximately 60 minutes and are held three days a week. This phase typically lasts for 24-36 visits. Depending on the individual's needs, education may include:

  • Diabetes control
  • Risk factors
  • Safety education
  • Cardiopulmonary disease education
  • Diet management
  • Blood pressure control
  • Smoking cessation (if needed)
  • Breathing techniques
  • Stress management
  • Interval exercise training
  • Continuing medications as prescribed
  • Home exercise program and importance of continuing an exercise program
  • Taking pulse and exercise heart rate range
  • Reasons to stop exercise; signs and symptoms to report to your doctor

Phase 3: Available for patients who have completed Phase 2. Participation in this wellness program is not limited to a certain number of visits; individuals can participate as long as they like. Focuses on:

  • Maintaining strength and endurance
  • Individual education and counseling
  • Home exercise program

If you need additional help making lifestyle changes, we will help connect you with other services including medical nutrition therapy and diabetes management.

For more information, call Healthy Hearts Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at (270) 796-2511.