Rehabilitation starts soon after your heart attack or surgery, while you’re still in the hospital. You will begin with non-strenuous activities such as sitting up in bed and working your way up to walking and limited stair climbing. It is important at this time to begin planning any new lifestyle changes. Phase I ends when you leave the hospital.
The next phase of your rehabilitation may begin as early as a few days after leaving the hospital and should begin within four to six weeks. This phase will last for a maximum of 12 weeks. Phase II rehabilitation takes place at Roper or St. Francis Hospitals. During this time you will gradually increase your activity level. This phase
features three supervised exercise sessions per week with continuous EKG monitoring during exercise. A comprehensive cardiac educational series and personal attention from trained professionals is also included.
Phase III is held at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals. The main difference
from Phase II is decreased continuous monitoring. Patients in this phase may require
closer attention to meet physical goals than patients in the long term Phase IV program.
Many patients are able to progress directly to Phase IV.
This phase lasts indefinitely and in some ways it is the most important part of your rehabilitation. At this point, you should regain your independence and work toward a lifelong commitment to the changes you started earlier in your recovery. Periodic visits with your rehab team can help reinforce your heart-healthy lifestyle.
Roper St. Francis HeartFitness
An exercise program for people who possess significant risk factors for heart disease. Potential candidates have been told by their doctor that they need to begin an exercise program to modify risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol. Roper St. Francis Heart & Vascular Center offers HeartFitness a program developed to bridge the gap between monitored rehab and a fitness center. Our team of professionals develops a program for each participant, monitors progress and physical response. The cost to join is an out of pocket expense to the participant similar to a fitness center membership.