Phase One begins in the hospital setting during your recovery from a heart attack, angioplasty, congestive heart failure or surgery. During this time Cardiac Rehabilitation team members provide education, support and low-level exercise on a daily basis to help you become active again with confidence.
Phase One includes:
- Education to you and your family on your heart condition, how lifestyle and risk factors have affected your health and how to change your lifestyle to reduce future risk.
- One-on-one education and support for patients and family dealing with care after surgery.
Improving your cardiovascular fitness and reducing your coronary risk factors is the next step to resuming a full and active life. As an outpatient, you'll participate in a structured exercise program three times a week and receive extensive education to help get you back on your feet and into a healthy lifestyle.
Patients qualify for outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation if hospitalized recently with heart attack, angioplasty and/or stent, heart catheterization with angina and open heart surgery, including bypass or valve replacement.
Phase Two includes:
- A baseline evaluation by an exercise physiologist to help determine present fitness level
- An exercise program that is individualized and monitored by registered nurses and exercise physiologists, who are specially trained in cardiology to help improve the cardiovascular system. Each session includes a warm-up, cardiovascular workout, and resistance training, cool-down, and relaxation period. Following completion of this monitored exercise program, you will receive an exercise program that you can follow at home.
- A personalized nutrition evaluation and counseling from a registered dietitian to help identify heart healthy food choices and assist with weight loss, if needed.
- Personal risk factor identification, including smoking cessation and stress reduction techniques.
- A comprehensive education program designed to encourage lifestyle changes and develop healthy habits. Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation, coronary artery disease, and weight management
- A positive support system for the patient and family, including social support with others who have had a cardiac event. We provide ongoing support and counseling addressing your personal concerns such as relationship changes, sexual activity, stress management and work activities.
Phase Two is covered by most insurance companies.
To enter Phase Two, you must be referred by your physician.
A Lifelong Wellness Program
Maintaining good health is crucial to prevent further heart disease or another heart event. Hearty Living is a lifelong wellness program for individuals who have completed Phase Two of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program or who have significant risk factors for coronary artery disease.
Hearty living includes:
An ongoing maintenance exercise program, two or three times a week, under the direction of health care professionals. Each session includes a warm-up, cardiovascular workout, resistance training, and a cool-down period.
To enter Hearty Living, you must be referred by your physician and, at his or her discretion, undergo a cardiac stress test.
Heart disease doesn't discriminate. It can strike people of all ages, races, and walks of life. That's why Lake Health provides progressive cardiac services from prevention through rehabilitation- to give your heart a better chance of staying healthy.
Lake Health's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive, progressive cardiopulmonary program delivered by a diversified team of health care professionals, who empower patients through empathy and knowledge to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The team consists of registered nurses, exercise physiologists, a registered dietitian, pharmacist and a registered respiratory therapist. Our goal is to recognize the individual and unique needs of each patient and family, while serving as a community resource to improve quality of life.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.