Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation is prescribed at three stages during the patient's recovery following a heart attack or cardiac event. Phase I is the inpatient stage where the cardiac rehab nurse works with the patient on activity, education and discharge planning. During Phase II, the outpatient hospital-based program, participants engage in a continuously ECG-monitored program of exercise therapy to enhance their overall physical condition as well as improve cardiovascular fitness. Participants also receive education on heart disease and life-style modification. Phase III is a supervised maintenance stage of cardiac rehab. The main goal of this phase is secondary prevention and maintenance of exercise and life-style changes.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mercy Medical Center includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help you return to an active life. The program is designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of heart disease and cardiac illness. Mercy's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program strives to stabilize or improve the patient's condition and enhance the patient's quality of life.
The Cardiac Rehab Program at Mercy has been serving the Siouxland area for over 30 years and is the only program in the area that has been certified by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is the result of Mercy's intense focus on quality care.
The 4,400-square-foot Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, located on the fourth floor of the Mercy Heart Center, is dominated by 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer dramatic views of the city. Rehabilitation clients have access to an indoor walking track, treadmills, stationary bikes, upper-body exercise equipment, free weights, NuSteps, Airdynes and universal exercise equipment. The Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center is adjacent to Mercy Medical Center, which affords an extra measure of safety for the participants in this program.