Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medical therapy that helps heart patients with coronary artery disease return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.
What heart conditions qualify you for cardiac rehab?
- Heart attack
- Chest pains (angina pectoris)
- Coronary artery bypass graft
- Valve repair or replacement
- Balloon angioplasty/stent
- Heart transplant
- Stable congestive heart failure
Our Cardiac Rehab team consists of registered nurses, exercise physiologists and respiratory therapists. We may also refer you to registered dietitians and psychologists. Mercy’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Our Cardiac Rehab gyms are equipped with the latest exercise equipment such as ellipticals, upright bikes, recumbent stationary bikes, arm cranks and treadmills. Cardiac Rehab typically has three phases – the first while you are hospitalized, the second as an outpatient and the third as an ongoing program to maintain your health.
Phase I (available in most Mercy communities) begins while you are in the hospital, with education about what activities you can do safely. This phase also may include low level exercise, such as getting up and walking around your room or down the hallway with your nurse or physical therapist.
Phase II can last up to 12 weeks, and begins two to four weeks after you return home. Your doctor will refer you to this outpatient program and stay in touch with your rehab team for updates on your progress. Your health insurance usually covers this phase of Cardiac Rehab.
You’ll participate in an exercise and activity program supervised by our Cardiac Rehab team. During a typical exercise session, you’ll be in large-muscle group activities such as walking on the treadmill, biking and arm exercises. You’ll exercise 30 to 60 minutes three times a week in our Cardio-pulmonary gym with other heart patients. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be checked before, during and after you exercise to be sure you stay within safe limits. The team will also monitor your heart with electrocardiogram (EKG) readings and modify your exercise if necessary.
Phase III (available in most Mercy communities) is an ongoing, supervised exercise program in the Cardio-pulmonary gym. You’ll receive supervision but won’t be monitored as closely. You can participate in the gym, or a home exercise program can be designed for you. You’ll pay for this program as you would for a regular exercise program in a gym.
Our team will give you information about coronary artery disease and ways you can reduce your risk of further heart-related problems. You and your family will learn about your medications, how to control your high blood pressure and diabetes, how to cope with stress, how to stop smoking and how to eat heart-healthy foods.
You’ll benefit from the emotional support of the staff and other patients who have had similar experiences with heart disease.
Cardiac rehabilitation will help you recover in a safe and monitored environment. You’ll become an active partner in the recovery process by taking on the responsibility of maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Qualified rehabilitation professionals will closely supervise your progress and send regular reports to your doctor. We’ll also watch for any complications that
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