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Cardiac Rehabilitation

CHI St. Luke's Health Brazosport offers 3 Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation to provide patients a full range of services. Cardiac Rehab is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster from cardiac surgical procedures, maximize quality of life and return to full and productive lives.

Either young or old, almost everyone with heart disease can benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation will help you feel better faster, get stronger, reduce stress, reduce the risks of future heart problems, and even live longer. Cardiac Rehabilitation can make a difference if you:
  • Had a heart attack
  • Sufferend from angina or heart failure
  • Had a heart transplant
  • Had a coronary bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty (PTCA)

Clinical safeguards have been established to promote a safe and effective rehabilitation program. Through an initial evaluation, our registered nurse will assess your readiness for the appropriate level of exercise. Your heart, pulse, blood pressure and blood oxygen content will be monitored during each session by our staff.

Phase I

Phase I Cardiac Rehab is cardiac exercise with clinical professionals during a hospitalization for cardiac related conditions. This phase is designed for individuals to receive low-level exercise and allow patients to benefit from early mobilization and exercise, thereby reducing the length of stay in the hospital.

Phase II

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is a 12-18 week hospital-based program that begins approximately 2-4 weeks after discharge. This phase emphasizes monitoring the heart with continuous ECG while using exercise equipment including treadmills, bicycles, recumbent bikes, weight training and arm ergometer. Patients receive education, counseling, and training to help understand heart conditions and find ways to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Phase III

Phase III Cardiac Rehab is a monthly, self-pay wellness program for patients to continue cardiac conditioning. It is designed for individuals who have known risk factors for heart disease and requires medical clearance to participate. While exercising, all participants are supervised by clinical professionals and have access to them to discuss questions and concerns.

Cardiac Rehab, Phase II sessions occur on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. For Cardiac Rehab Phase III members, wellness sessions are available either 2 per week on Tuesday and Thursday or 3 times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sessions occur on an hourly basis and you will discuss the session options with the evaluating staff at your first visit.