Hammond-Henry Hospital's Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient exercise program specifically for persons with cardiac problems—heart attack, angioplasty, bypass surgery, heart transplant, coronary artery disease as determined by angiography, stress test, or typical angina. Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full, productive lives. Cardiac Rehabilitation includes monitored exercise, cardiac education, and counseling. Together with medical and surgical treatments, the program can help you feel better and live a healthier life. Hammond-Henry’s goals are to help you learn about:
- Your individuals risk factors
- Making healthy changes
- The importance of regular exercise
Hammond-Henry staff members will design an exercise program specifically for you. They will consider your age, type of cardiac problems, other physical limitations, and your previous exercise history.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II starts two to three weeks following discharge from the hospital. The program may last up to 12 weeks depending on your progress and whether you need to return to work. Sessions are one hour in length and meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cardiac Rehab is safe. Studies show that serious health problems caused by cardiac exercise are rare. The Cardiac Rehabilitation team is trained to handle emergencies. Your health care team will prescribe a safe exercise program that is right for you.
A dietitian is available to talk with you and your family.
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes. Specific exercise clothing is unnecessary.
By now you should be thinking about some short- and long-term goals regarding lifestyle changes. Hammond-Henry's staff will assist you in identifying and reaching those goals.
Participants must be referred to Phase II by their cardiologist or attending physician who completes an exercise prescription. A stress test may be performed by the physician prior to the participant's starting the program to determine the patient's level of exercise capability.
Many insurance companies, including Medicare (Part B), cover 80% of the cost of the program. Normally, your secondary insurance will cover the remainder. Insurance companies have their own guidelines on payment o cardiac rehab. You are asked to check with your insurance company about the coverage. Staf will assist you with questions or problems.
Experience and Caring
The program is staffed by registered nurses trained in Advance Cardiac Life Support, exercise specialists, dietitian, social worker, and an on-site physician.