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The Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program treats patients with a three-part process to improve cardiovascular function and increase endurance. Our team of skilled clinicians — including cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers — work together to help you successfully manage your heart and vascular conditions.
Services are provided in three phases:
Phase I: Inpatient
During your hospital stay for a cardiac procedure, our cardiovascular rehab team will help you gradually regain your normal level of activity. You will receive information about the recovery process and learn how to reduce your future risk of cardiovascular disease.
We will provide you and your loved ones with information about risk factor modifications, exercise and cardiovascular function. You will be encouraged to continue with a low-level, progressive exercise program.
You may see a cardiovascular nurse for pre-op education in our preadmission department the day before surgery. A pre-op visit in the hospital may also be provided to you and your family.
Phase II: Outpatient
Soon after you are discharged from the hospital, you can enter Phase II of cardiovascular rehab. Once your doctor has provided a referral, the rehab team can help you get started. Classes meet two to three times a week for one-hour sessions.
Your first visit will include:
- A review of your medical history and evaluation of your cardiovascular disease risk factors
- An update and education of your medications
- A one-on-one exercise session to discuss safety tips and individualized exercise guidelines
During this phase, our team will develop a personalized plan with you, your family and your physician that includes strategies to help you decrease your cardiovascular risks.
Patient and family education will be provided weekly along with individualized education to help you achieve your personal goals. In addition, nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian is available.
Our cardiovascular rehab supports the ongoing care provided by your cardiologists as well as your primary care physician. We will track your progress and share this information with you and your doctor.
Phase III: Maintenance
Phase III is a maintenance exercise program where you are given the option to challenge yourself and set personal goals under the close supervision of the cardiac rehab team.