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Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) phase I starts while you are in the
hospital and emphasizes exercise and education.
The parts of phase I include:
Your rate of recovery depends on age, gender, and other health
conditions. Depending upon your condition and how you respond to rehab, you may
stay in a particular phase or move back and forth among the various phases.
There is no set length of time that you must stay in a specific phase.
Your hospital rehab staff should be able to provide you with
information and resources for making the transition from hospital to
home. This includes
how to find a cardiac rehab program in your community.
The following exercises are examples. Your exercise program depends on your medical history, clinical status, and symptoms.
Discuss with your doctor any additional physical limitations or medical issues before you begin any exercise program.
A phase I cardiac rehab exercise program should progress from
initial supportive and self-care activities to regular daily walking.
Other Works Consulted
American College of Sports Medicine (2010). Exercise prescription for patients with cardiac disease. In WR Thompson et al., eds., ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 8th ed., pp. 207–224. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Graham IM, et al. (2011). Rehabilitation of the patient with coronary heart disease. In V Fuster et al., eds., Hurst's the Heart, 13th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1513–1530. New York: McGraw-Hill.
September 27, 2012
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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