Phase II Cardiac Rehab Program Gets Upgrade
Patients who have had heart attacks, surgery or diagnosis of heart disease are benefitting from improvements at the URMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. Space dedicated for Phase II rehabilitation was upgraded as patients and caregivers took on the challenge of using the facility while under renovation.
The Phase II program offers comprehensive education and exercise regimens in a safe and supportive environment. Located at Clinton Crossings in Brighton, the updated facility includes 21 pieces of cardiovascular equipment for patients to use under the guidance of registered nurses and exercise physiologists. Each 90-minute rehab session includes discussion of lifestyle improvements, risk factors and nutrition.
“Our Phase II rehabilitation program continues to provide the invaluable support and guidance patients need as they recover,” said John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., medical director for Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and director of Outpatient Cardiology and the Hypertension Program at URMC.
Phase II rehabilitation is designed for those who have had a recent heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac surgery or implantable left ventricular assist devices, coronary stenting, chronic stable angina or a heart transplant. Patients who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program experience reduced cardiac symptoms, better long-term survival, weight loss, improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improved blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and reduced stress.
URMC’s Phase II program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
The center’s Phase III program was phased out earlier this year to help strengthen the viability of the Phase II program. When ready for Phase III, participants may enroll in community-based programs to continue their wellness efforts. URMC staff can assist in providing information about those programs.
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