Cardiac Rehab is here to help you recover, get back to your daily activities quickly and stay healthy. ValleyCare's Cardiac Rehab Program consists of a four-phase program which focuses on exercise and education:
Phase I: Bedside education—which begins while you are still hospitalized.
My Heart's Content: An award-winning program focused on education. This is designed to provide you with knowledge and information directly after your hospitalization before you have an opportunity to follow up with your doctor and before getting started in Cardiac Rehab. Topics include heart disease prevention and control, understanding cardiac medications, handling stress, the how and why of exercise, making your diet heart-friendly, diabetes prevention and control and learning to control and prevent congestive heart failure. Classes are free and open to the public.
One-Time Appointment: ValleyCare Cardiac Rehabilitation is now offering a one-time visit for those who cannot attend the standard program. This one-time appointment would be covered by insurance and also offered as a self-pay option. The purpose of this option in lieu of standard Cardiac Rehab would be to provide the patient who may not attend Cardiac Rehab with basic education and safe home-exercise guidelines. During this appointment, the patients will meet with a cardiac rehab nurse and exercise physiologist. The nurse will sit with the patient and review their diagnosis, risk factor modification techniques, and medications. The exercise physiologist will conduct a telemetry monitored sub-maximal fitness test and from that data calculate a safe exercise target heart rate range and home exercise prescription plan.
Phase II: Monitored exercise and education. After your discharge, you will attend classes where exercise physiologists and nurses will teach you how to safely exercise. This is done in a controlled format while wearing an ECG (electrocardiogram) monitor to closely watch the electrical activity of your heart. Phase II also includes one-on-one counseling with a dietitian and weekly information on lifestyle changes, nutrition, medications and other heart-related issues.
Phase IIB: This phase is a self-pay option for individuals that do not have insurance coverage but are still recommended to attend Cardiac Rehab.
Phase III: This phase is a supervised maintenance program where individuals learn to self-monitor overall cardiovascular health. Support from staff and other participants will help you get back to a healthy lifestyle and activities and also help reduce the risk of a future cardiac complication.
Phase IV: This phase is done one-on-one or in a small-group format with a certified clinical integration specialist at LifeStyleRx. This program is individually designed to address specific needs and will help you to build strength, improve your flexibility and enhance your cardiovascular health.