Patients diagnosed with heart disease are educated on factors which place them at an increased risk for heart disease or heart attack such as high blood pressure, smoking/smokeless tobacco, high fat/high cholesterol diet, obesity, diabetes mellitus, stress, and lack of exercise. Emphasis is placed on behavioral modification patterns to reduce cardiac risk.
An outpatient exercise and rehabilitation program where an interdisciplinary team comprised of physicians, exercise specialists and registered nurses monitor and supervise individual progress. The goal is to return to an active, satisfying and productive lifestyle. The 12-week program focuses on exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support, and stress management, smoking cessation and weight reduction. Closely supervised by a physician and skilled cardiac rehab professional, the exercise component is individualized to meet participant needs and may involve free weights, treadmill, arm ergometer and stationary bicycle, stair climber, and nordic track ski equipment. The patient's heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure as well as any symptoms experienced while exercising are monitored.
A supervised exercise program, this phase is designed to maintain and build upon the participant's cardiovascular base and emphasize long-term heart healthy living. Additional advantages are social-emotional support. The patient's heart and blood pressure are monitored throughout this program.