People who have had a heart attack or open-heart
surgery can improve their health by strengthening their heart
muscle and learning about healthy lifestyle changes. Mercys
Cardiac Rehabilitation team (Cardiologists, Exercise Specialist,
Clinical Nurse, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, and Social
Worker) are highly trained and skilled professionals who will
work together with you, your family and physician, to help you
maintain or achieve a high quality of life through recovery and
reconditioning. The phases of rehabilitation are described below:
This phase of cardiac rehabilitation services
begins while you are recovering in the hospital. The goal of Phase
I is to help you safely reach your highest level of physical activity
possible immediately following a heart attack. This is accomplished
through a combined exercise and education program.
Phase II begins shortly after you are discharged
from the hospital. The goal of this phase is to help you rebuild
your physical endurance through a program that combines exercise
and wellness information during a six to twelve week period. Once
you achieve an optimal level of exercise capacity, you will have
the option to progress to the next phase of cardiac rehabilitation,
or follow a home exercise program. Referral Process for Phase
II: Referral of Phase II should be made while you are still in
the hospital. In most cases, you will be in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase II shortly after you leave the hospital.
Candidates for Phase II include patients with
- Acute myocardial infarction
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
- Cardiac transplantation
- Stable angina pectoris
How is a referral made? Your physician must
refer you to the program. He or she will need to provide the following
- The results of a current (less than three
months old) sign and symptom limited stress test.
- A complete medical history including a
current list of medications you are taking.
- Angiographic information
- A report of surgery when appropriate
Once a referral is made, you will be scheduled
for an initial orientation interview.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III is held two
days a week at the hospital. This program focuses on continuing
education for a healthful lifestyle and a less closely monitored
exercise program that you do at your own pace.