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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Give Your Heart a Fresh Start

Heart attack and heart disease doesn't mean the end of an active and thriving life. In fact, it can be the motivation and inspiration to adopt a new, healthier lifestyle. At Advocate South Suburban Hospital, we love helping people with heart disease make a fresh starts for their hearts.

Expertise and Caring:  Your Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Team

With individualized exercise programs and diets, our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program specialists can help you reduce your blood pressure, body fat and stress levels. You'll not only improve your defense against heart disease, you'll feel better, too.

Your cardiopulmonary rehab team at South Suburban Hospital includes experienced specialists focused on you and your specific condition, lifestyle and treatment needs. Members of the rehabilitation team include:

  • cardiologists
  • exercise physiologists
  • registered nurses
  • nutritionists
  • social workers
  • clinical pharmacists

Rehabilitation Phase One: Recovery

Phase One of our rehabilitation program-recovering and rebuilding your health, starts while you are still in the hospital. Your personal registered cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist address your health needs and work with you as you begin your recovery. Our main goal is to improve your health so you can return home to your loved ones and friends as soon as possible.

During Phase One, we'll help you with:

  • diet
  • exercise
  • education
  • a step-by-step activity program

Phase Two:  Build Strength and Confidence

After you've returned home, rehabilitation at Advocate South Suburban Hospital builds your confidence as it builds your body.

You'll enjoy a comfortable, clean environment with men's and women's showers and dressing rooms. For one hour, three times a week, you'll exercise on fitness equipment, equipped with electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors, such as:

  • stationary bikes
  • treadmills
  • rowing machines
  • wall pulleys and more

Cardiologists are available 24 hours-a-day and can be consulted as needed.

Phase Two also includes education classes for you and your family. Classes cover topics such as smoking cessation, proper nutrition and more. After completing Phase Two, you'll be ready to begin resuming your active lifestyle and, if conditions are favorable, return to work.

Phase Three: Monitoring Success

Our goal in Phase Three is to keep your successful recovery and level of activity on track for life.

Building upon progress made in Phase Two, you'll continue working on the same fitness equipment.

Throughout Phase Three you'll be supervised, and assisted as needed, by Advocate South Suburban Hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation team. You'll also continue to be monitored electronically, but at a lower intensity. Monitoring includes:

  • "Quick Check" EKG strip (to assess heart rate?)
  • blood pressure measurements
  • ongoing exercise prescription assessments
  • annual stress test-recommended to check progress and update exercise prescriptions

Program Requirements
Your physician's consent is required for all three stages of our rehabilitation program. Additional physical examination, graded exercise test and a fee are required for Phase Three.

More Information
Let us help you achieve a renewed, healthy life. Our knowledge, experience, and support are key elements on your road to improved health. For more information, call 708.213.3104.

Convenient Location
Advocate South Suburban Hospital is easily accessible from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), I-80 and I-57.
17800 South Kedzie Avenue
Hazel Crest, IL 60429

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