No matter where you had heart treatment, this friendly, encouraging and empowering resource at St. Joseph’s is ready to help you get back to the life you love.
Restoring Optimal Healing and Quality of Life
Provided by the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Department, our three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program:
- Is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for high standards of quality care
- Promotes maximum health and conditioning of your heart muscle
- Is individualized based on your needs, working closely with your personal physician
- Offers a wide variety of exercise equipment and techniques
- Is staffed by highly trained registered nurses and exercise physiologists
- Is supervised by critical care physicians
Helping Inpatients Build Strength (Phase I)
Inpatients at St. Joseph’s recovering from a cardiac event or procedure begin a gradual progression of exercise as soon as their physician allows. A registered nurse or exercise physiologist visits patients daily during their stay. Start with exercising in bed, and then move to standing and walking as you grow in strength.
Outpatient Exercise and Education (Phase II)
Once your hospital stay ends, you’ll return to St. Joseph’s as an outpatient several days a week to get your heart back in shape. During each visit, you’ll exercise for about an hour according to a program developed just for you. Each closely supervised session may include:
- Monitored aerobic exercise on a treadmill, exercise bike, recumbent stepper, stair stepper or arm ergometer (like an exercise bike for your arms!)
- Hand weight conditioning
- Cool down and stretches
- Heart rate, blood pressure and EKG monitoring throughout your visit
Ongoing Exercise Program (Phase III)
After finishing Phase II, cardiac rehabilitation patients can choose to start an ongoing exercise program of their own in the St. Joseph’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness department. This is a great way to stay on track with exercise and lifestyle changes while feeling more confident in a monitored, familiar environment. Phase III is a self-pay program that meets several times a week. Activities are similar to those of Phase II. EKG monitoring is an option for patients who request it. Heart rate and blood pressure are checked occasionally, too. Patients who need help changing their lifestyle to improve heart health find help through the Phase III program. A diabetes exercise program is also available.