The Healthy Heart Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point is a medically supervised program designed to stabilize, slow, or even reverse cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through physician prescribed exercise and risk factor modification.
The Cardio-Pulmonary program is supervised by a program medical director, who is a board-certified cardiologist. Each program participant benefits from an individualized treatment plan prepared by a multidisciplinary team including a registered nurse, exercise physiologist, registered respiratory therapist and a registered dietitian. Our goal is for participants to achieve increased cardiorespiratory fitness and enhanced flexibility, muscular endurance and strength as a result of education, aerobic exercise and risk factor modification.
The department is equipped with a variety of exercise equipment including treadmills, stationary bicycles, step machines, weight machines, and free weights.
The program is divided into four phases, each designed to meet the individual needs and abilities of each participant at each stage of recovery.
An inpatient exercise program that combines flexibility and range of motion exercises with low intensity exercise. Blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm are monitored by a cardiac rehabilitation professional. Education is provided to enable patients to better understand their cardiac condition and modify risk factors.
Designed for patients recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or have experienced a cardiac event and required close supervision in a n exercise program. Phase II outpatient rehabilitation is conducted in a group exercise setting, and participants received continuous EKG monitoring and monitoring of vital signs including blood pressure and pulse oximetery during exercise. Exercise sessions are conducted three times per week, and participants may participate in up to 36 sessions of Phase ll rehabilitation as ordered by their physician.
Upon completion of Phase ll, patients may continue exercising in our Phase III program. This phase is designed to allow participants to transition from monitored exercise to our Phase IV Healthy Heart Program. Individuals at risk for a cardiac event may participate in this phase with a physician order. Participants are closely supervised by the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation staff during exercise.
Phase IV is a maintenance program for patients who wish to continue their exercise program after completion of the Phase III program. Patients receive education to allow them to self-monitor exercise and heart rates. Cardiac Rehab professionals are available to monitor blood pressure and provide education and counseling in exercise and risk factor modification. Sessions are held in the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation gym three times per week.
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