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- 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
- 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.