Health and fitness are key to maintaining a strong heart. That’s why the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Utah Valley Hospital (formerly Utah Valley Regional Medical Center) is committed to helping patients recover quickly and efficiently after a cardiac incident.
Cardiac Rehabilitation at Utah Valley Hospital is introduced in three phases.
Phase I takes place while the patient is still hospitalized. It consists of patient/family education before the procedure, exercise following the procedure and discharge instructions. Phase I patients are then enrolled in Phase II (an outpatient program) or instructed on exercises to do at home.
Phase II takes place in the Wellness Center at Utah Valley Hospital’s Northwest Plaza. Patients are monitored by exercise specialists while they exercise. Weight gain, oxygen saturation, and incisions are checked regularly. Any problems are immediately brought to the attention of the patient’s cardiologist or surgeon. Education on stress management, diet, coping with illness and home exercise is also available.*
Phase III helps patients make the transition from closely monitored exercise to exercising on their own. Aerobic, strengthening and stretching exercises are all emphasized. In addition to the exercise, patients receive further education on heart disease and healthy lifestyles.
Utah Valley Hospital is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. AACVPR is an important accreditation that sets Utah Valley Hospital’s program apart from many of the country’s cardiovascular rehab centers. The accrediting body requires strict guidelines be established and constantly maintained, further assuring cardiac rehab and care is appropriately provided for patients.
*The Wellness Center is an exercise facility open to all community members that includes a variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment as well as body fat testing, resting metabolic testing, cholesterol screening and exercise/fitness counseling.