Cardiac rehabilitation at LifeBridge Health is a three-phase program designed to help improve cardiovascular well-being for those whose doctors have recommended a medically supervised program of cardiovascular care. The program most commonly aids in recovery after a heart attack, angioplasty and/or stenting, and open-heart surgery. It is also beneficial for patients who experience stable chest pain. The program is designed to educate you and your family about your particular heart problem, and help you make lifestyle changes necessary for a more satisfying and fulfilling life. The rehabilitation process begins during hospitalization and continues throughout your lifetime.
Phase I: Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital
Phase II: Outpatient Monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation at Northwest Hospital
Phase III: Outpatient Unmonitored Cardiac Rehabilitation at LifeBridge Health & Fitness
Joining the Program
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Cardiovascular Health Support
Phase I: Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase I is for patients receiving care at the LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute and begins with a visit by the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program education nurse. The nurse provides education to the patient regarding cardiovascular disease and its recovery process, gives personal encouragement, and explains discharge planning with an emphasis on how to modify risk factors and make lifestyle changes. Referral to the LifeBridge Health Phase II: outpatient monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Northwest Hospital is encouraged and arranged upon discharge.
Phase II: Outpatient Monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation
The second phase of cardiac rehab is a 12-week, medically supervised and telemetry-monitored exercise program located at Northwest Hospital. Phase II cardiac rehab is designed to help with lifestyle changes and risk factor reduction. In addition to exercise, the program includes diet and nutrition counseling, stress management, smoking cessation classes, and education. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach with team members who include a board-certified cardiologist as the medical director, a Phase II cardiac rehab nurse, an R.N. as the program manager, a physical therapist as the program director, a registered dietitian, and fitness staff.
Northwest Hospital's Phase II Cardiac Rehab Features:
- New state-of-the-art private exercise area including large-screen TVs and comfort station
- An individualized exercise program incorporating the area's largest array of high-tech equipment and facilities, including recumbent and upright bikes, stretching station, seated and standing elliptical trainers, and rowing machines
- Educational programs designed to answer questions about lifestyle changes, nutrition and exercise
- Expert staff members including nurses, fitness technicians, a physical therapist, a board-certified cardiologist/medical director and medical supervision
- Onsite registered dietitian for nutritional counseling
- Licensed psychologist available by referral
- Flexible schedule with hour-long classes meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:00, 8:15, 9:30 and 10:30 and afternoons at 3:00 and 4:00
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Phase III: Outpatient Unmonitored Cardiac Rehabilitation
The third phase of the program focuses on exercise that is unmonitored, or performed without a heart monitor. The Phase III program is for patients who have completed the Phase II program and still desire supervision of medical staff during exercise. The goal of Phase III is to promote long-term lifestyle changes and adhere to an appropriate exercise regime. Cardiac rehabilitation patients are referred to LifeBridge Health & Fitness for this phase of the program.
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Joining the Program
The LifeBridge Health Cardiac Rehabilitation outpatient program at Northwest Hospital accepts referrals from physicians and other health care professionals. Prior to outpatient enrollment, patients should check their individual health insurance coverage, as some insurance companies may require pre-authorization.
New patient orientation sessions are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To schedule a new patient appointment, call 410-701-4333.
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In this WBAL-AM “Know Your Health” radio clip, Lisa Gerberg discusses how cardiac rehabilitation gives participants practical tips to live healthy, fulfilled lives after a heart crisis disrupts their families.