The Phase II program focuses on people who have had a cardiac condition. This includes, but is not limited to, CABG (heart bypass surgery), MI (heart attack), angioplasty and/or stent placement, valve replacement or repair, and heart failure. These heart patients participate in exercise sessions two or three times per week. Individual sessions last between 60 to 90 minutes. A portable telemetry unit monitors heart rate and rhythm during exercise, and blood pressure is monitored before, during, and after exercise to establish a safe exercise range and help identify potential problems
A safe exercise range is established, working up to more intense aerobic activity to condition and strengthen their heart. Trained staff teach patients to self-monitor as they return to normal activities.
Weekly and one-on-one education sessions guide patients and their families on diet, exercise, stress management and other issues that impact ongoing heart health.
The length of the program is typically 12 weeks with 3 sessions per week.