Phase II Program
Helping you improve your heart’s future.
The St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II program is a comprehensive outpatient service. It offers an individualized exercise program that includes medical evaluation, prescribed exercises, cardiac risk factor modification and education regarding cardiovascular disease and behavioral changes.
You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if you have or recently had:
- a Heart Attack (MI)
- Cardiac Bypass (CABG)
- Stable Angina
- a Heart Valve Replacement or Repair
- Angioplasty or a Stent Placement
- a Cardiac Transplant
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Other Cardiac Diagnoses
Exercise is a key component of cardiac rehabilitation. You will wear a heart monitor which allows your heart rate and heart rhythm to be monitored by healthcare professionals. Monitored exercise is a safe and effective way to:
- Improve physical strength and endurance
- Improve and manage your symptoms (angina or shortness of breath)
- Improve self-confidence/
- self-esteem and alleviate fears
- Decrease risk factors (smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, stress, diabetes)
- Improve healthy living, weight control and quality of life
Each individual will have an exercise plan designed for their physical abilities. The body needs at least three days of exercise per week to improve exercise tolerance. The exercise intensity will increase as you get physically stronger. Exercise sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and each session takes about one hour. The total length of your program will depend upon your individual progress and the meeting of your personal goals (usually 6-18 weeks).
Education is another important part of the rehabilitation process. The diagnosis of heart disease means that lifestyle changes need to occur to prevent the progression of your disease. Topics of discussion and literature provided may include:
- Having a better understanding of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease
- Learning to manage a heart healthy diet, i.e.: low cholesterol, low fat, low salt and/or a diabetic diet. Dietary consultation is available
- Learning how to recognize stress signals and how to manage stress and utilize relaxation techniques
- Learning the importance of daily exercise, knowing your medications, weight control, understanding blood pressure and lipid profile values
Most private insurance companies will pay for cardiac rehabilitation. We call your insurance company to get specific information about your coverage before starting you in the program.
Medicare Part B will also cover rehabilitation for most cardiac diagnoses.
How Do I Get Started?
Speak with your physician about a referral to the St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
If you would like to schedule a tour of our facility, or if you or your physician have questions regarding the program, please contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 812-532-2614 or email email@example.com.