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Cardiac Rehabilitation - Phases of Cardiac Rehab

Outpatient programs: Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV

The remaining three phases of your cardiac rehab take place outside the hospital. At first, your rehab team will keep a close watch on how exercise affects your heart and how you are progressing, before gradually releasing you from supervision to continue cardiac rehab on your own. The healthier lifestyle you've learned-including eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking-can then become a way of life for you.

During this time you may also see your doctor regularly to treat other medical conditions, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Cardiac rehab during phase II, phase III, and phase IV usually includes:

  • Close monitoring and supervision during the early part of your exercise program.
  • Preparing you to return to work and the recreational activities you enjoyed before your heart problems. Your work or leisure activities may need to be modified.
  • Providing education and counseling for you and your family to help you keep a lifestyle of healthy habits that will lower your risk of having further heart problems.
  • Taking care of your emotional health. Regaining your emotional well-being and getting help for depression are important parts of cardiac rehab.
  • Making a plan to help you start a safe home exercise program and participate in other unsupervised activities. For tips on walking as exercise, see:
    actionset.gif Heart Disease: Walking for a Healthy Heart.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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