Cardiac Rehabilitation

RMI is a leading provider of cardiac care in the region. RMI’s cardiac rehab services are led by prominent Cardiac Rehab specialists who are recognized for their contributions towards advanced patient care.
Cardiac rehabilitation refers to a structured program of exercise and education designed to help you return to optimal fitness and function following cardiac problems. Physical therapists work as members of the cardiac rehabilitation team, helping to evaluate cardiac function, assess impairments that may limit your mobility, and prescribe progressive exercise and physical activity to help you return to your normal lifestyle after a cardiac event.

1.  Phase One: Acute Phase

The initial phase of cardiac rehabilitation occurs soon after your cardiac event. The initial goals of phase one cardiac rehabilitation include:

  • Assess your mobility and the effects that basic functional mobility has on your cardiovascular system
  • Work with doctors, nurses and other therapists to ensure that appropriate discharge planning occurs
  • Prescribe safe exercises to help you improve your mobility, and to improve cardiac fitness.
  • Help you maintain your sternal precautions if you had open heart surgery.
  • Address any risk factors that may lead to cardiac events
  • Prescribe an appropriate assistive device, like a cane or a walker, to ensure that you are able to move around safely
  • Work with you and your family to provide education about your condition and the expected benefits and risks associated with a cardiac rehabilitation program.

2.  Phase Two: Sub-acute Phase

  • Once you leave ICU, your cardiac rehabilitation program will continue in cardiac ward. Phase two of cardiac rehabilitation usually lasts from 3-6 days and involves continued monitoring of your cardiac responses to exercise and activity.
  • Another important aspect of phase two cardiac rehabilitation is education about proper exercise procedures, self-monitoring heart rate and exertion levels during exercise.
  • Towards the end of phase two, you should be ready to begin more independent exercise and activity.

3.  Phase Three: Intensive Outpatient Therapy 

Phase three of cardiac rehabilitation involves more independent and group exercises in Physical therapy & Rehabilitation department. Patient should be able to monitor own heart rate, symptomatic response to exercise, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). Your physical therapist will be present during this phase to help you increase your exercise tolerance, and to monitor any negative changes that may occur during this phase. As you become more and more independent during phase three of cardiac rehabilitation, your physical therapist can help tailor a program of exercises, including flexibility, strengthening, and aerobic exercise.

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