The cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental functioning after having a heart procedure, such as open-heart surgery or angioplasty. The program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Physicians, nurses, an exercise physiologist, dietitian and counselor work together to reduce the risk of another cardiac event or the worsening of a heart condition already present. Through exercise and education, cardiac rehabilitation can increase heart muscle, reduce risk factors through lowering blood pressure and serum cholesterol, and teach patients the importance of reducing stress, losing weight, eating healthy and quitting smoking.
The cardiac rehabilitation program at St. Mary’s offers three phases of rehabilitation — Phases I, II and III. Phase I is for patients in need of cardiac rehabilitation while they are hospitalized. Patients in Phase II have been discharged from the hospital, but still are in need of monitored rehabilitation. In Phase III, patients participate in an optional maintenance program that provides exercise and guidance on an outpatient basis.
The Spectrum program, created by Dean Ornish, MD, is a six-week program for those interested in lowering cardiac risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, stress, obesity and high cholesterol. The program includes pre- and post-program lab testing, as well as blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Program fees apply. For more information, call (304) 526-8072 or (800) 9ST-MARY, ext. 8072.