Cardiac Rehab Phase II
What does the Phase II program involve?
The rehabilitation process begins with a physician referral. Once a patient is referred to the program, an individualized exercise program is developed by a master’s prepared exercise physiologist to help build endurance and muscle strength. Throughout the exercise session, the patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG), heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored by a registered nurse, who has specialized in cardiac nursing, and an exercise physiologist. The program also includes education about modifying risk factors for heart disease, medications, and the heart disease process through videos, classes, and group discussions. The exercise sessions meet for one hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 6-12-weeks. Class times are offered mornings and afternoons. Participants should wear jogging/walking shoes, a loose fitting shirt and comfortable pants.
When can I begin?
The Phase II Outpatient Rehabilitation Program may begin within a week after discharge from the hospital following a heart attack, angioplasty, implanted stents, or heart surgery. However, the patient’s physician will determine the best time to enter the program.
What comes after Phase II?
Cardiac Rehabilitation offers a Phase III maintenance program for cardiac patients who have completed the Phase II program. This program consists of supervised, but unmonitored exercise and helps encourage patients to make exercise a part of their daily lives. An “at risk” program is also offered for individuals who have any coronary artery disease risk factors. This exercise program is also open to spouses of the patients, which provides an opportunity to exercise together. These classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
What equipment is used?
Motorized treadmills, air resistance bicycles, recumbent bicycles, elliptical machines, NuStep crosstrainer, Stairmaster machines, free weights and rowing machines are used to improve cardiovascular fitness. Each session consists of 5 to 10 minutes of stretching to warm-up and cool-down. A relaxation period is designed to allow the heart rate and blood pressure to slowly return to resting level. The entire Phase II session lasts approximately 60 minutes. Phase III participants may elect to work out longer.
Cost and Insurance Coverage
All or part of the Phase II rehabilitation cost is normally reimbursed by most medical insurance companies. We will be happy to assist you in completing your insurance claims or confirming coverage for your participation. A minimal fee is charged for the Phase III and At Risk programs since they typically are not covered by insurance.