Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation begins during your hospital stay following a heart-related admission. When you are discharged from the hospital, your doctor may refer you to the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program for additional rehabilitation.
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation is conducted in The Therapy Center, located in the East Medical Office Building, 1602 East Rock Prairie Road, Suite 4100. Participants are encouraged to attend at least two to three times a week. The number of sessions needed will be determined by the patient’s health status and specific needs when entering the program, doctor input and insurance limitations. Each session lasts about one hour to one-and-a-half hours.
Participants in the cardiac rehabilitation program receive:
- comprehensive pre/post assessments on cardiac risk factors, exercise tolerance, quality of life and nutritional intake
- customized exercise program designed to increase strength and endurance through aerobic and resistance training
- education classes, also open to family members:
- basics of heart disease, tests and procedures
- benefits of exercise and safety
- cardiac medications
- goal setting
- heart-healthy nutrition
- reading food labels
- risk factor reduction
- stress management and relaxation techniques
- warning signs of a heart attack and stroke
- weight management
- education materials about risk factors for heart disease and cardiac risk reduction strategies
- EKG, blood pressure and heart rate monitoring during exercise by our trained staff
- individualized home exercise program and summary of progress upon completion of the program
- monthly progress reports sent to your doctor
- one-on-one session with a dietitian to develop a nutritional plan and goals
After completing the cardiac rehabilitation program, participants are encouraged to continue the program objectives lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.