Cardio-Vascular Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is designed to help individuals with coronary heart disease reach their optimum level of functioning. The program consists of three phases that include risk factor modification; progressive, individualized cardiovascular exercise; education and emotional support. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a medically prescribed program requiring a physician's order, and is supported by Medicare and most other insurance companies.

Phase I: an Inpatient Program

Our Inpatient Program teaches patients how to modify certain behaviors that adversely affect heart function such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor eating habits, alcohol intake, and improper diabetes management. This phase includes progressive activity based on the patient's ability and heart-health education while the patient remains in the hospital.

Phase II: a Monitored Outpatient Program

The goal of our Monitored Outpatient Program is to help patients achieve cardiac conditioning through an individually designed, monitored exercise and education program conducted on an outpatient basis. For approximately one hour, three times a week for a minimum of 12 weeks, patients use a variety of equipment including treadmills, bicycles, and steps along with various arm exercises to achieve a well-balanced workout. Ongoing classes are available covering a variety of topics including coronary artery disease and risk factor reduction, stress management, the benefits of exercise and the heart-healthy diet. In addition, a support group is open to both patients and their partners. Directed by a licensed therapist, this group meets every other week to discuss life stressors and provide emotional support for participants.

Phase III: a Maintenance Program

The Maintenance Program is a low-cost, unmonitored exercise program initiated following successful completion of Phase II. Conducted under the supervision and guidance of Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses, the goal of this phase is maintaining cardiac conditioning and positive lifestyle changes. Successful completion of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program requires an ongoing physical and emotional commitment, support of family and friends, and guidance and instruction provided by our specially trained, experienced staff. For more information concerning the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call 310-303-7070.

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