Cardiac rehabilitation not only aids in short-term recovery, but also ensures long-term health. Developing an exercise program will help you regain strength, energy and confidence, as well as relieving stress and anxiety. It may also aid in weight loss, decrease cholesterol levels in the blood and regulate blood glucose levels, all of which can improve quality of life.
Phase I of cardiac rehab occurs while you are in the hospital. It consists of education and monitoring of heart rate and rhythm, paired with light activity like walking. This phase is aimed at ensuring that you have the knowledge you need to return home safely from your hospital stay.
Phase II will begin shortly after you are discharged from the hospital. For most patients, this outpatient exercise and education program takes place at Koke Mill Medical Center, although if you live in an outlying area you may attend Phase II rehab at a program closer to you.
The Memorial cardiac rehab team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietician, healthcare psychologist and exercise specialists who work with your personal physician to provide an individualized plan of care.
Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and is overseen by a board-certified physician. We can also coordinate referrals with a registered dietician and/or counselor as needed.
During these monitored sessions, which last approximately one hour, you will increase your heart muscle strength and endurance using equipment like treadmills, stationary bicycles, recumbent steppers and free weights. One educational session will also be offered each week. The program generally lasts between 8-12 weeks.
Phase III is focused on maintenance—helping you retain the benefits you gained during Phase II and sustain a healthy lifestyle in the years to come. This phase takes place at Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, where a registered nurse from Memorial Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department supervises sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The nurse is available to assist you with blood pressure checks, oxygen evaluation and risk factor modification.
Participants in Phase III may join the Kerasotes YMCA at a reduced rate, and membership includes full use of both branches of the Springfield YMCA seven days a week.