Following a heart attack, stroke or cardiothoracic surgery, you may require a period of cardiac rehabilitation to strengthen your heart. Altru’s Cardiac Rehabilitation offers a mix of exercise, education and risk factor modification. Our goal is to help each individual gradually achieve the highest cardiovascular fitness possible.
Your rehabilitation will consist of three specific phases.
Phase I begins when you are hospitalized and recovering from heart attack, open-heart surgery or other heart disease. You will receive individual and group counseling on:
- Stress management
- Risk factors
Social and spiritual services are also offered through our comprehensive approach to recovery.
Phase II usually begins soon after leaving the hospital. Participation requires a physician referral. Exercise and educational sessions are scheduled two to three times per week, often lasting eight to twelve weeks. Heart rate, blood pressure and exercise tolerance is closely monitored. You will receive a personalized home exercise plan. Individualized risk reduction is key to recovery.
Classes are held every Monday, 12 to 1 p.m. in the Cardiac Rehab Education Room. Topics are nutrition, stress management, relaxation and energy conservation.
Lifestyle Change with Exercise
Phase III is an ongoing exercise program designed to help you continue your lifestyle changes. Phase III is an independent program held at Altru's Medical Fitness Center. You will continue to have access to members of the cardiac rehabilitation team. Here, you can exercise and continue to build a strong support group.