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Stages: Phase I, II, and III

Phase I

Phase I begins in the hospital after heart surgery, a heart attack or other treatment. Because Rhea Medical Center does not perform major heart surgery, this stage of your rehab may take place in the hospital where you had your surgery and usually consists of two monitored exercise sessions each day. The program continues in Phase II in an outpatient setting after you have been discharged from the hospital

Phase II

Rhea Medical Center’s outpatient cardiac rehab program begins during this phase and typically begins two to three weeks following hospital discharge. Phase II usually consists of one-hour sessions, three times each week for twelve weeks.  Phase II provides:

  • Medical and cardiac rehabilitation supervision by a physician and registered nurse

  • Entry assessment and evaluation

  • Cardiac risk factor assessment, analysis and counseling

  • Educational sessions to enhance long term-term cardiac health management

  • Individualized progressive and supervised exercise programs

  • Cardiac monitored exercise sessions

  • Individual and group support sessions

Following your doctor’s referral to the program, an orientation visit is scheduled and an initial evaluation and health history is completed by the cardiac rehabilitation registered nurse.

Subsequent sessions begin with a warm-up period, followed by an aerobic conditioning period. Patients rotate through exercise stations that include bicycle and arm ergometry, treadmill walking, and stepping. A cool-down and relaxation period follows the exercise session.

Education: Weekly education programs help patients identify potential cardiac risk factors and encourage the reduction of such risks through healthy heart living. Education topics include: stress management, smoking cessation, dietary influences such as cholesterol and sodium reduction, and exercise. Learning to change one’s lifestyle in addition to exercise is equally important.

Encouragement: The cardiac rehabilitation registered nurse is present during all exercise and education programs. Supportive relationships also develop through association with others who have had similar experiences.

Phase III

Phase III, sometimes referred to as “maintenance,” provides a safe environment for continued exercise after completion of Phase II. Participants attend three days each week for a small monthly fee. The sessions are supervised by a cardiac rehabilitation nurse.


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