What Does the Program Involve?
  •  Phase I takes place in the hospital, where the patient gradually increases activity, prepares for discharge and learns what is needed to continue with life after the cardiac emergency.
  • Phase II, the outpatient program, begins three to four weeks after discharge and lasts up to twelve weeks.
  • In Phase II, the program medical director and cardiac rehab coordinator develop a specific exercise prescription for each participant.
  • Three (3) exercise sessions a week are scheduled, each closely supervised by advanced cardiac life support nurses, and continuously monitored by EKG.
  • Phase II also includes education and risk management modifications, in which the spouse and other family members are encouraged to participate.
  • Phase III is a less formal, but supervised maintenance program that allows continuing exercise under the supervision of the trained cardiac staff.