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Inpatient Cardiac Rehab - Phase 1

St. Mary's Cardiac Rehab Phase-1
Focuses on Inpatient and Family Education

We offer an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program that focuses on patient and family education.  We'll educate you and your family about specific heart problems.  Educational videos are available for you to view while you are in the hospital.  Classes are taught by registered nurses. 

The rehab process may include low level exercise to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and tolerance to exercise while you are hospitalized.  The cardiac staff and physicians determine which patients qualify for inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehab.  They also assist with referrals to outlying programs for patients who live outside the tri-state area.

The following topics are addressed during Phase 1:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart and circulatory system
  • Risk factors for heart disease
  • The disease process
  • Heart healthy diet
  • Stress management
  • Activity and exercise guidelines
  • Pre procedure teaching: open heart, ICD and EP studies
  • Post procedure teaching: open heart, stent placement, ICD, and pacemaker
  • Smoking cessation
  • Heart failure

Families are invited and encouraged to attend discharge classes.  Attendance is recommended strongly.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about how you can help in the care and recovery of your loved one.  Classes are held daily in the cardiac rehabilitation education classroom located on the 5th floor of St. Mary's Hospital.

  • Risk factors, angina, nitroglycerin, medications, and diet class
    Scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
  • Post open heart discharge class
  • Scheduled at 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you received Phase 1 education in the hospital, within 24 - 48 hours of being discharged you will receive a follow up phone call from a cardiac rehabilitation nurse to check on you and help answer your questions.


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