For patients who require cardiac rehabilitation, the Heartcenter offers a comprehensive program of education and exercise. Both patients and their families are welcome to participate.
The program is divided into four phases, each designed to promote a specific level of fitness.
Upon completion of each phase, patients will improve their cardiac health and strengthen the
understanding of their condition.
·Phase I |
Phase I usually begins within 24 to 48 hours after the cardiac event. Conducted right at
bedside, it's designed for patients who have experienced myocardial infarction (MI),
cardiovascular surgery or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).
Phase II begins within three weeks of hospital discharge. This monitored exercise
program, held at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, is conducted three times a week for eight
consecutive weeks on an outpatient basis. It supports patients completing Phase I as well as those
with low, moderate or high-risk stable angina.
Phase III is a supervised exercise regime that was developed as a joint effort between the
Heartcenter and the Aerobic Center, Route 119 North, Greensburg. The patient's primary care
physician may recommend this 12-week program after Phase II has been completed.
Phase IV consists of an outpatient maintenance program that may be conducted at the
Aerobic Center, the patient's home or an exercise facility of the patient's choice.
For additional information about cardiac rehabilitation services at the Heartcenter, please call (412) 832-HEART.
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