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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

A formal Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a vital part of the recovery process from a heart attack or open heart surgery. 

Most heart patients realize that adopting a lifestyle that includes the right amount of exercise will strengthen their heart and improve their health. However, many recovering heart patients don’t know how to exercise in a safe and proper manner. They also may not know how to change their diet or alter other factors that may affect the condition of their heart. That’s where a proven cardiac rehabilitation program can help.

The goal of the Mercy St. Charles cardiac rehabilitation program is to condition, educate and motivate the cardiac patient to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

A referral from your physician is required before beginning the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. If you have questions or would like more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mercy St. Charles, contact us at (419) 696-7612. The program is accredited by the Amercian Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).


Is The Program Right For Me?

A formal Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is appropriate following a heart attack, open heart surgery, heart transplant, and other interventional procedures for the heart.

It teaches techniques to develop a healthy lifestyle and reduces the risk of future cardiac events.

Cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare.

The staff, which is composed of nurse specialists, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and chaplains, will assist heart patients to develop their physical, mental, social and work potential.


The Phases Of The Program

In the Mercy St. Charles Rehabilitation program, you will be monitored while using state-of-the-art exercise equipment from four to 12 weeks, depending upon your needs.
You will work closely with experienced registered nurses who are trained in exercise therapy for persons with cardiac conditions.

Our staff is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency medical care. At the completion of the program, you will be given an “exercise prescription” to continue on your own. You may join an exercise maintenance program at the hospital or exercise on your own at home.

For more information on the Mercy St. Charles program or to find a list of other rehab services available in your area, please contact Mercy St. Charles Rehab at 419-696-7612. They will be happy to assist you.

Phase I - Inpatient
During Phase I, which begins while you are still in the hospital, your healthcare professional will review your medical history and provide you with an introduction to the cardiac rehabilitation program. It is a comprehensive blend of physical conditioning and educational sessions. At this time, you will also be introduced to the exercise portion of the rehabilitation program. After the initial evaluation, a plan of care, including goals for you to try to achieve, will be developed.

Phase II - Outpatient
Phase II is the outpatient portion of the rehabilitation program. You will be monitored while exercising on equipment such as stationary bicycles, treadmill and free weights. Exercise sessions are recommended from four to 12 weeks in duration, depending upon your needs. Classes are held three times per week with each session lasting approximately one hour.

Education is provided by nursing professionals, addressing the following subjects:
  • Modifying your risk factors for heart disease/heart conditions
  • Exercise
  • Adjusting to a new lifestyle
  • Nutrition
Phase III- Maintenance
Once you have completed Phase II of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, you can continue through Phase III, which is optional and self-pay. In Phase III, you will continue the exercise portion of the program on your own, with supervision from our staff.

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