If you are at high-risk for or have been diagnosed with heart disease, it is important to take action to prevent future problems with your heart. Your cardiologist or primary care doctor can write and sign a referral to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Chandler Regional Medical Center. We offer a comprehensive cardiac rehab program comprised of three phases:
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I: Lifestyle Awareness
Our cardiac specialists will identify all of your modifiable risk factors (things you can start to change immediately) and create a treatment plan to help you work through and change them. Our team works with you and your family to help you through the emotional and physical aspects of heart disease, and addresses lifestyle changes that are essential to helping you lead an active, healthy life. You will also begin to do low-level exercise activity.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II: Outpatient Rehabilitation
During this phase, you will come to the hospital three times a week for a one-hour, monitored exercise program designed specifically for you. You will be hooked up to a telemetry monitor while exercising to track your heart rate and heart rhythm. A registered nurse and exercise physiologist will supervise your exercises, which may include walking on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike and other gym equipment.
You and your family will also attend our group education sessions to learn more about heart disease. Sessions include:
- Diet and healthy eating-instructed by registered dieticians, learn the ins and outs of low-fat cooking and tips on ordering meals in restaurants
- Physical Fitness-taught by our exercise physiologist, learn how to increase activity levels and exercise at home
- Anatomy and physiology of the heart-learn from one of our registered nurses how the heart works and how your prescribed cardiac medications will help with your road to recovery
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III: Maintenance
Our maintenance program provides you with continued guidance and support for the progress you achieved during Phase II. Through this self-pay program, you can continue an unmonitored exercise routine two times per week. If you are at a high risk of developing heart disease, you may participate as well with a doctor's referral.
Learn More About Cardiac Rehabilitation At Chandler Regional
For more information, or to make a cardiac rehab appointment, please call (480) 728-3139.