The Palm Beach Health Network's cardiac rehabilitation programs are specialized medical service designed to improve physical function and emotional well-being and reduce the cardiovascular risk factors of people with heart disease. We are here to support patients in returning to the lifestyle we enjoy year-round in South Florida.
After admission to the hospital for a coronary event, we provide patients and family members the information they need to know about the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, medications, risk factor modification and activity progression. Nutritional counseling and other support services are also available, as needed, to assist in making the transition to home with ease.
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation (also called cardiac rehab) is a medically supervised program that helps patients who have gone through a cardiac event or a heart-related procedure to get back to their best life.
What Is Involved in Cardiac Rehabilitation?
In a cardiac rehab session, a healthcare team will help you establish a heart-healthy lifestyle through health education, counseling, guided cardiac rehab exercises, healthy eating and stress reduction. The recovery program may begin as soon as the patient is ready to be released from the intensive care unit (ICU). However, it’s good to note that the strategies that healthcare professionals may include in a patient’s cardiac rehab program may depend on the severity of the heart condition or the risk for health complications.
Four Phases of Cardiac Rehab
Cardiac rehabilitation has four phases, as recovery takes time:
- Phase 1 is when a patient stays for a few days in the hospital to recover from a cardiac event or a heart-related procedure.
- Phase 2 takes place when the patient goes home and prepares to be a part of an outpatient recovery program. This program may include exercise sessions, education, counseling and more.
- Phase 3 is usually the extension of cardiac rehab Phase 2. It is the period when health professionals help recovering patients maintain a healthier lifestyle through continuous health education and regular exercise sessions with supervision.
- Phase 4 is also known as the maintenance phase. It is the period when the healthcare professionals help patients continue their healthy habits; they have started in Phases 1 to 3. In Phase 4, the patient’s primary care team regularly monitors his/her clinical condition and medication and determines potential risk factors for prevention.