Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps heart patients improve their strength, decrease stress and learn more about their condition.
Patients who have had a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement, a heart transplant, or those who have had stable angina can benefit from rehabilitation. A referral from a cardiologist or primary care doctor is necessary to participate.
Phase I starts at bedside and provides information about possible reasons why you developed a heart condition and how to stay healthy and safe once you are home.
During Phase II, the outpatient phase, patients exercise two or three times a week in Somerset Medical Center's Rehabilitation Department, located on the 2nd floor. Patients exercise at a low intensity to make sure they can handle the pace, and are connected to a portable monitoring system. Patients and their families may watch videos and read information about many heart-health topics. In addition, patients are encouraged to go to monthly nutrition, medication and stress management classes.
Phase III is for patients who want to continue exercising after graduating from the monitored program. Conducted at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, the program features a variety of monthly classes to help patients stay fit while maintaining their heart health.
For more information about cardiac rehabilitation services, call 908-685-2453. For information about Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation, call 908-203-5972 or visit somersetsportsperformance.com.