Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
A formal Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a vital part of the recovery process from a heart attack or open heart surgery.
Most heart patients realize that adopting a lifestyle that includes the right amount of exercise will strengthen their heart and improve their health. However, many recovering heart patients don’t know how to exercise in a safe and proper manner. They also may not know how to change their diet or alter other factors that may affect the condition of their heart. That’s where a proven cardiac rehabilitation program can help.
The goal of the Mercy cardiac rehabilitation program is to condition, educate and motivate the cardiac patient to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
To start the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you need a referral from your doctor. To finish, all you need is a goal.
Is The Program Right For Me?
A formal Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is appropriate following a heart attack, stent replacement, bypass surgery, heart valve replacement, angioplasty and some cases of heart failure.
It teaches techniques to develop a healthy lifestyle and reduces the risk of future cardiac events.
Cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare.
The staff, which is composed of nurse specialists, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and chaplains, will assist heart patients to develop their physical, mental, social and work potential.
The Phases Of The Program
In the Mercy Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you will be monitored while using state-of-the-art exercise equipment from four to 12 weeks, depending upon your needs.
You will work closely with experienced registered nurses who are trained in exercise therapy for persons with cardiac conditions.
Our staff is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency medical care. At the completion of the program, you will be given an “exercise prescription” to continue on your own. You may join an exercise maintenance program at the hospital or exercise on your own at home.
Phase I - Introduction (During your hospital stay)
Let's start slowly. We'll review your medical history and talk about how the program blends physical conditioning with education. You'll learn some basic lifestyle principles and try out a few exercises. We'll finish off with a plan of care with specific goals.
Phase II - Monitored Activity (Outpatient sessions)
Time to move on to regular exercise. To make sure it’s safe, we’ll monitor your heart while you work away on stationary bikes, treadmill and free weights. Sessions are about one hour long, three times a week. We recommend coming in for 4 to 16 weeks, depending on your needs.
We’ll also cover a few topics in detail:
- Minimizing your risk factors
- Effective and safe exercise
- Adjusting to a new lifestyle
- Healthy heart nutrition
Phase III - Supervised self-care (At home and at our facility)
This phase is optional, but your heart will be better off for it. You’re free to make an appointment to come in for monitored exercise and coaching as often or as little as you like. And when you’re home, continue to follow your "exercise prescription" and create new healthy heart lifestyle habits.
Mercy St. Charles Hospital
2600 Navarre Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616
Mercy Sylvania Cardiac Rehabilitation Services*
7640 W. Sylvania Avenue #B1
Sylvania, OH 43560
*A department of Mercy St. Anne Hospital