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Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Trinity Muscatine cardiac rehabilitation team includes registered nurses, dietitians and respiratory therapists who work with your physician to design a program that meets your specific needs.

Phase One

Occurs during the hospital stay and includes education, low-level exercise and preparation for discharge.

Phase Two

Phase Two rehabilitation ideally begins within three weeks of discharge. You can expect this phase to last four to twelve weeks. You'll meet three times a week for one hour and focus primarily on medically supervised exercise conditioning.

During each session, your blood pressure and EKG are monitored during exercise. Your exercise regimen will include warmups with the usage of light hand weights, if appropriate, and the usage of a recumbent stepper machine, recumbent bike and/or treadmill. All equipment settings and exercises are based on your health status and ability to withstand exercise. Other essential elements of the program are patient education, nutritional guidance and risk factor modification.

Phase Three (Maintenance)

A physician referral is required to participate in Phase Three rehabilitation. It is a self-pay program and currently meets for one hour on two or three days each week.

Phase Three is the maintenance phase consisting of supervised exercise designed to further increase and maintain ongoing physical fitness for the cardiac/ pulmonary patient. It is geared and individually tailored toward aerobic exercise, strength training and the use of self-monitoring techniques to assess levels of activity.

Program objectives:

  • To begin an exercise program to strengthen your heart and speed your recovery
  • To provide a supportive educational environment that encourages lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease

Who can benefit?

  • Individuals who have experienced a heart attack
  • Individuals who have had open heart surgery
  • Patients who have had angioplasty/stenting
  • Persons with stable angina