Cardiac Rehabilitation at University of Colorado Hospital
Our Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Immediate Outpatient program is
certified by the AACVPR. Certified
AACVPR programs are recognized as
leaders in the field of cardiovascular
and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Why Choose Cardiac Rehabilitation at University of Colorado Hospital?
Your circulatory problem was diagnosed, and any procedure you had was successful. You've completed the first step back to heart health. We can help you get the rest of the way there.
UCH has a full-service cardiac rehabilitation program, featuring:
- A private workout gym for cardiovascular patients
- Medically supervised exercise programs
- Personalized nutrition and diet counseling
- Classes on managing your health, exercising safely and more
- Support groups
Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Among the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation at UCH:
- Improved overall health
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced pain and less need for pain medications
- Reduced risk factors for future heart problems
Many who regularly participate in a cardiac rehabiliation program also reduce stress and become more self-sufficient.
The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program at University of Colorado Hospital has five phases:
I. Inpatient Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Phase I begins when the patient is in University of Colorado Hospital recovering from a cardiovascular episode such as a heart attack or stroke. These patients receive:
- Information on heart, valve and/or vascular disease
- Education on managing risk factors
- Guidance for setting up a safe home exercise program
II. Immediate Outpatient Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Phase II teaches patients how to manage heart, valve and vascular disease risk through lifestyle changes.
In addition, patients follow an exercise regimen that includes:
- Warm-ups and stretching
- Monitored exercise sessions with frequent checks of blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, etc., by staff
- Work on various types of equipment, including treadmills, bikes, rowers and steps
- Cool-down and relaxation sessions
- Resistance training
- Exercise prescription that includes development of a program for home exercise
III. Intermediate Maintenance Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Phase III (Intermediate Maintenance) is for patients who need to improve their conditioning with staff assistance and monitoring. Patients can only participate in intermediate maintenance with a doctor’s order.
IV. Long-Term Maintenance Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Phase IV is long-term maintenance for patients who have completed the immediate and intermediate phases. The program is geared to individual exercise, but the staff provides supervision and monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate and recovery.
V. Preventive Maintenance
The preventive maintenance phase is for patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, but have not yet had an incident. Patients must have a doctor’s referral to participate. The program includes:
- Education on heart disease and stroke
- Exercise prescriptions developed by staff
- Home program development plans
- Resistance training
- Monitoring of vital signs once a month
Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists
Cardiologist - a doctor who specialize in study of the actions of the heart and its diseases.
Exercise physiologist - a specialist in the cardiovascular and other effects of exercise on the body’s physical and mechanical functions.
Other Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff
Registered nurse - a nurse licensed in the state of Colorado who conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients
Cardiac Rehabilitation at a Glance
Cardiac rehabilitation is a program you follow to restore your heart’s functional capacity, which may have been reduced as a result of:
Cardiac rehabilitation includes:
- Exercise to strengthen your heart muscle
- Education to help you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle
- Behavior modification (e.g., quitting smoking and improving your diet)