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Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase I

Phase I is a physician-ordered program consisting of progressive exercise and monitoring combined with education and training. Education includes anatomy, coronary artery disease, smoking cessation and tobacco use, contributing risk factors, pulse monitoring, stress management and methods of lifestyle modification. Exercise is introduced in the hospital setting beginning with self-care activities and progressing daily in a structured, monitored walking program.

Phase II

  • Approximately three exercise sessions per week for eight to 12 weeks
  • One-hour exercise sessions are offered three times each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekly small group educational sessions
  • Emotional support and fellowship from Heart Institute cardiac rehabilitation staff and fellow patients

Throughout each session, staff members monitor patients':

  • Cardiac rhythm
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Rate of perceived exertion (RPE)
  • Weight

Program Requirements:

Participants must have a written physician referral and current medical evaluation. The physician's order may include specific recommendations and/or any restrictions that apply to your specific cardiac rehabilitation needs.

Goals & Benefits:

  • Improves quality of life
  • Enhances performance of activities of daily living
  • Reduces symptoms of cardiac related conditions (shortness of breath, anxiety, depression)
  • Improves cardiac condition
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Increases knowledge and self-management of cardiac risk factors
  • Decreases hospitalization
  • Offers fellowship and friendship with other cardiac patients

Will my insurance cover this?

Insurance coverage for this program varies with each policy. We will gladly provide the necessary information to your provider.

For More Information:

NMMC's Heart Institute cardiopulmonary staff is available to answer questions about the program. For more information, call (662) 377-2564 or toll-free, 1-888-432-7814.

830 South Gloster Street

Tupelo, MS  38801