Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. The nationally recognized 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 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.
Cardiac rehabilitation is prescribed at three stages during the patient's recovery. 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 the home maintenance stage of cardiac rehab. The main goal of this phase is secondary prevention and maintenance of exercise and life-style changes.