What is cardiac rehabilitation?
Life doesn’t stop once you’ve been diagnosed with a major heart problem. Cardiac rehabilitation is a structured way to help patients recover from heart conditions and help prevent future ones — including heart attacks. Cardiac rehab helps people exercise the right way for their heart and educate themselves on the short- and long-term effects heart attacks, heart surgeries, or procedures such as stenting and angioplasty may have.
Cardiac rehab at Carlinville Area Hospital & Clinics offers both Phase II and Phase III.
Phase II is a 12- to 18-week program that meets three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) for one-hour sessions. It does require a physician’s order to enroll. Phase II has two major components:
- Exercise training to help patients learn how to exercise safely, strengthen muscles, and improve stamina after a heart event. These patients wear a heart monitor during their exercises so staff can evaluate their hearts’ tolerance to increased activity.
- Education, counseling, and support to help patients and their families understand their heart condition and find ways to reduce the risks of future heart problems. This component also helps patients learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and deal with fears about the future.
Phase III is a maintenance exercise program that continues to support what is taught in Phase II. Patients do not wear heart monitors during exercise, but they will have periodic assessments of their blood pressure and heart rate as needed.