Cardiac Rehab: Examples of Phase I Exercises After a Heart Attack
As your strength gradually increases, your recovery team (nurses and
physical therapists) will encourage you to progress from basic postural
exercises in your bed to walking in the halls and down stairs. Examples of
exercises following a heart attack are shown below.
Initial inpatient daily activity
Rest in bed until stable.
up in bed with assistance.
Stand at bedside with
Perform self-care activities while seated.
Sit up in bed
Walk in room and to bathroom.
self-care activities in bathroom.
Sit and stand
Walk in hall with assistance: 5 to 10 minutes, 2 to
3 times a day.
Walk in hall: 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 4
times a day.
Walk down flight of stairs with assistance.
As you become stronger, walking in the halls should become an
important part of your recovery. An example of a progressive program that may
be used is shown below: