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Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness

Getting Back to Your Life
If you have experienced a heart attack or have undergone an interventional procedure or heart surgery, you probably have many questions:
  • What activities can I do?
  • What should I eat?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make?
  • How can exercise improve my health? 

The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Catholic Medical Center is a three-part program that can answer your questions, provide support and help you feel better as you make healthy life choices and strengthen your heart.

Phase I: Comprehensive Cardiac Education
While you are in the hospital, you can participate in a comprehensive educational program that provides information on the following areas:

  • Normal anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular disease
  • Managing cardiovascular risk factors: (Smoking, high blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, medication and activity)

Phase II: Cardiac Rehabilitation at CMC
After hospitalization, it may be appropriate for you to participate in our Phase II outpatient education and exercise program or in a cardiac rehabilitation program in your community. The Cardiac Rehabilitation program on the CMC campus is designed to help strengthen your heart after you have had heart surgery, a heart attack, and/or a coronary intervention. This program helps enable you to return to the daily activities you enjoy.

With a physician’s referral, you attend exercise and educational classes. Supervised exercise sessions are held for one hour, three times a week. These classes are led by an exercise specialist and monitored by a cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist. You also receive individual nutritional counseling. Group education classes include information on:
  • Nutrition (Shopping tips, cholesterol, fat and fiber and dining out)
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Stress management
  • Managing cardiovascular risk factors (Smoking, high blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, stress management) 

Phase III: Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Wellness Center
After you have “graduated” from the cardiac rehabilitation program at CMC, you can continue your cardiac rehabilitation across the street at The Wellness Center, CMC’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation center. Expand your monitored exercise and cardiac education at The Wellness Center to speed your transition to living a healthy life.

For more information on cardiac rehabilitation and wellness, call (603) 626-2626.
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