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
During this time you may also see your doctor regularly to
treat other medical conditions, including high cholesterol and high blood
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.
counseling for you and your family to help you
maintain a lifestyle of healthy habits that will lower your risk of having
further heart problems. Depression is common in people with heart problems.
Counseling and medicines for depression, if needed, may be another important
part 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