Cardiac Rehab Phase II

Phase II Cardiac Rehab begins shortly after you are discharged from the hospital – usually within two to three weeks. The purpose of this phase is to slowly rebuild your physical endurance as well as your strength through a four to twelve week period of exercise and wellness education. Objectives of your exercise program may vary from becoming more physically fit, to feeling better, to simply wanting to get back to your daily living or working routine. It is important to remember that exercise has many benefits, most of which are life long. Some of the benefits you can expect to see from your exercise program may include:

  1. A reduction in cardiovascular disease symptoms.
  2. A reduction in fatigue, tension, and anxiety.
  3. Improved joint function and muscle strength.
  4. Increased flexibility.
  5. Increased stamina and endurance
  6. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  7. Improvement in appearance and sense of well being.

The Phase II program at Winneshiek Medical Center consists of exercises and educational sessions supervised by a team of health care professionals. Sessions are held three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the lower level of the hospital. During the exercise sessions you may take part in a variety of physical activities including treadmill walking, stationary bicycling, Nustep recumbent walking, and a variety of strength training exercises – all tailored to increase your endurance and strength. It is also expected that on the “off” days of the program you will be exercising at home, following exercise instructions given to you by the cardiac rehab staff.

The Winneshiek Medical Center rehab gym is well equipped to provide a wide variety of exercise opportunities. The equipment consists of stationary bicycles, treadmills, arm ergometers, recumbent steppers, stair climbers, elipitcal machines, and an assortment of weight equipment. While working with the equipment your heart rate and rhythm are monitored using portable telemetry units. You are continuously monitored by a registered nurse and a rehab technician who takes your blood pressure periodically and ensures you are responding well to exercise. We are also well equipped and well trained in the event that a problem or emergency should arise. It is important to note, however, that careful observation and good communication during your exercise session greatly reduces the chance of a problem.