The NorthCrest Cardiac Rehabilitation program includes two phases of cardiac rehab tailored to meet the needs and conditions of each individual participant. Participants in this educational exercise program will learn about their anatomy, safe activity levels, risk factors, medications, diet, and stress levels as they safely establish good exercise habits.
Cardiac rehabilitation may prove beneficial to you if you have had:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery
- A Pacemaker or Defibrillator Implants
- Balloon Angioplasty Atherectomy
- A Heart Transplant
- Angina Pectoris/Chest Pain
Phase I: Phase I begins in the hospital with low-level activity to help you get stronger. During this time, you will learn facts about heart disease and how lifestyle changes will help benefit your recovery.
Phase II: Phase II begins the outpatient phase of the program and may continue for 12 weeks following your hospital stay. Your exercise program helps you increase your strength and stamina by progressively working longer to a greater intensity. A provider’s referral is required for Phase II.
Education focuses on changing cardiac risk factors. The staff customizes an exercise routine you can do safely at home. Classes on managing stress, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and other topics are available.
Each week you will receive handouts, booklets and other forms of education to include in your education folder. Some take home assignments will be given to better evaluate your individual needs.
Additional education classes are available each Wednesday during rehab. Class topics change from week-to-week, including:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Anatomy and Physiology of the heart
- Cardiac procedures
- Stress management and relaxation
- Cooking for your heart
- Diabetes and exercise
- Blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides
- Managing your risk factors
- Exercising at home
- Heart Attack – Know the signs