Health and fitness are key to maintaining a strong heart. That’s why the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is committed to helping patients recover quickly and efficiently after heart surgery.
Cardiac Rehabilitation at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is introduced in three phases, beginning before heart surgery takes place.
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 or instructed on exercises to do at home.
Phase II takes place in the Wellness Center at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s Northwest Plaza. Patients are monitored as they exercise. Incisions, weight gain and percent of oxygen saturation 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.
In 2008, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center received accreditation by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. AACVPR is an important accreditation that sets Utah Valley Regional’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.