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What does the program include?

The Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation Center offers two programs: Phase II and Phase III.

Phase II

Phase II is an outpatient recover program that assists the patient in making changes to their lifestyle, and in regaining or increasing physical capability.  All exercise is performed under the close supervision of highly skilled nurses, utilizing specialized heart monitoring equipment.

Each patient participates in 60-minute exercise sessions three times each week.  Sessions are limited to six participants in order to provide maximum medical supervision.  Participants perform individually prescribed exercise on the treadmill, stationary bicycle, rowing machine, pulleys, ski machine and indoor track.

Exercise sessions may be arranged to accommodate patients with transportation difficulties or financial concerns.

The Phase II program also includes specialized education for both patients and their families.  The participation and socialization is a definite enhancement to the recovery process.  Types of education provided are:

  • Classroom group sessions on topics of risk factor identification, behavioral change, weight control, exercise physiology, work simplification, cardiac medication, and stress management.
  • Counseling at each exercise session, where the nurse serves as a resource to answer questions, facilitate referrals, promote a positive environment, and provide emotional support.
  • Auxiliary resources: consultants, reference books, pamphlets
  • Individualized counseling as needed

Phase III

Phase III is an outpatient maintenance program for patients in need of primary prevention (risk factor modification) and who are graduates of the Phase II program.

Phase II's emphasis is to effect and maintain lifestyle changes, as well as physical conditioning.  This program promotes an increase in independence and socialization.

Patients exercise under the close supervision of highly skilled nurses, utilizing specialized heart monitoring equipment.  Exercise programs are evaluated by trained staff, with individualized instruction offered in order to enhance compliance to changes in lifestyle and compliance with physician guidelines.  Participation in continuing education is emphasized, with patients receiving annual follow-up examinations using the treadmill, book analysis and anthropometric girth measurement.

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