Benefits of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Decreasing cardiac symptoms and complications
- Encouraging independence through self-management
- Reducing hospitalizations
- Stabilizing or reversing arteriosclerosis (plaque buildup in the blood vessels)
- Improving social, emotional, and vocational status
- Medication management to help reduce cardiac symptoms, complications, and hospitalizations
- Exercise programs to help build fitness and improve endurance
- Methods to improve independence and activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Patient and family education and counseling
- Smoking cessation
- Nutritional counseling
- Stress management and emotional support
PHASE I CARDIAC REHAB
Phase I Cardiac Rehab begins while you are in the hospital and is provided to all patients who have had a cardiac event. Your registered nurse will meet with you and your family, if they are available, and provide education about your specific heart problem. They help you and your family begin the process to eliminate and/or modify cardiac risk factors.
Phase II Cardiac Rehab is an exercise program for which your doctor must prescribe enrollment. Phase II may begin soon after you are released from the hospital. The three major focuses of Phase II are: closely-monitored prescribed exercise, continued education, and group support supervised by the cardiac rehab nursing team. Individuals receive a personalized exercise program and education plan. Family members are encouraged to be involved by attending educational classes.
Learn more about our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. For more information on San Antonio Regional Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation services, please call 909.920.6225.
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