The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program focuses on a number of different approaches to help patients recover from heart diseases and improve their overall quality of life.
A medically-supervised exercise program is designed especially for you to help you increase your cardiovascular fitness, and improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility. You will exercise two times a week at first, and then progress to three weekly sessions.
As you continue in the program, your exercise routines will gradually get a little harder and a little longer. Your electrocardiogram will be monitored and your blood pressure checked as appropriate. You will learn how to monitor your own response to exercise to help prepare you for exercising on your own when the program is completed.
Education and Counseling
You will be exercising along with others who have heart disease. Learning and getting support from those who also have heart problems is a major part of the recovery process.
Advanced practice nurses and other health professionals who are specially trained in cardiac rehabilitation manage your program and provide support, encouragement, and guidance. Also, we encourage you to attend our stress management lecture series led by a psychologist specifically trained to work with heart patients and their families.
What happens when the program is completed?
We will help you make the change to a home or community-based exercise program and, if you like, refer you to resources for continuing help with lifestyle changes. We will be in touch with you for a period of time after you "graduate," but we are always there for you if you need us.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Outline
The total program ranges from 6-12 weeks based on medical history, risk factors, and exercise level.
On Tuesday or Thursday, 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
One hour interview. No exercise. Bring a list of medications with dosages. You will be given questionnaires that need to be completed and brought in at next appointment.
Tuesday or Thursday
Appointment times: 8:00 A.M. / 9:00 A.M. / 10:00 A.M. / 1:00 P.M. / 2:00 P.M. / 3:00 P.M. / 4:00 P.M.
Short physical exam and exercise. Bring sneakers or rubber-soled shoes and comfortable workout clothes.
Pre-Training Exercise Appointments
Tuesdays and Thursdays (for 1-2 weeks after second appointment)
Appointment times: 8:00 A.M. / 9:00 A.M. / 10:00 A.M. / 1:00 P.M. / 2:00 P.M.
One hour exercise. Bring sneakers or rubber-soled shoes and comfortable workout clothes.
Exercise Training Appointments (following pre-training)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (4-10 additional weeks)
Appointment times: 7:30 A.M. / 9:00 A.M. / 11:00 A.M. / 1:30 P.M.
One hour exercise. Bring sneakers or rubber-soled shoes and comfortable workout clothes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before scheduled appointment in order to apply electrodes.
Required Lectures (may be scheduled at other times as needed)
Mondays 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Understanding Your Heart Condition
Living With Heart Disease
Heart Healthy Exercise
Most Wednesdays 10:00–11:00 A.M.
Eating Away from Home
Eating at Home
Wednesdays, by scheduled appointment (fee-for-service)
One hour consultation with registered dietitian.
Other Educational Classes
Question and Answer Session with Cardiologist
The Medical Fitness Program
If you do not have heart disease but have other medical problems such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, or obesity, a special program is offered to assist you to learn how to exercise safely and effectively. You will meet with our nurse/exercise physiologist/personal trainer who will design an exercise program specifically for you.