Cardiac rehabilitation, or rehab, is a medically supervised program designed to help heart patients improve physical strength and overall well-being. Studies show that cardiac rehab helps people recover faster and live longer. Yet fewer than 20 percent of patients seek rehab after a heart attack or coronary bypass surgery, according to a study published in the journal Circulation.

cardiac rehabilitation photo.png But rehab is much more than an add-on treatment option. It’s an essential part of recovery and skipping rehab puts patients at risk for potentially fatal heart problems down the road. Mercy makes it easy for patients to choose and complete their cardiac rehab by offering one of the finest programs in the city.

Mercy’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program helps patients down the road to recovery—and beyond—in a highly personalized and compassionate environment. Mercy’s Cardiac Rehab boasts excellent outcomes, skilled and attentive staff and a facility that can’t be beat.

Top-Tier Program

Mercy’s Cardiac Rehabilitation is also one of the few cardiac rehab programs in Chicago to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). To obtain the three-year certification, the program underwent a rigorous review by a national board and was found to meet strict requirements for standards of care. Only a handful of other area programs have achieved certification, and the achievement is a testament to the exceptional care available at Mercy’s Cardiac Rehab program.

The 3 Phases of Rehab

At Mercy, Cardiac rehab is divided into three phases. Each phase includes medical evaluation, supervised exercise, education and psychosocial support.

Phase I begins when the patient is still in the hospital. A cardiac rehab clinician will visit the patient in their hospital room and provide educational materials, offer simple exercises and answer any questions the patient may have.

Phase II of cardiac rehab is a three-month, outpatient education and exercise program. Patients receive personally tailored exercise plans, and nutritional counseling and education, along with stress management skills and smoking-cessation information.  Patients are always closely monitored, and all the resources of Mercy’s emergency and cardiac care are seconds away should a patient encounter any sort of medical distress.

Phase III is a long-term, maintenance program for graduates of Phase II. Patients simply pay a monthly fee, similar to a health club. You can remain in Phase III for as long as you like.

The Convenience of Mercy

Mercy, which is conveniently located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, offers free parking to all patients and visitors. Mercy also provides free transportation to patients within a geographical set of boundaries.

Located on the hospital’s 12th floor, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers patients a beautiful and unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline and scenic Lake Michigan shoreline.  What’s more, Mercy’s early hours and on-site locker room makes it easy for rehab patients juggling an already busy schedule.