Cardiac Rehab - What is Phase 2-3

Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses phases 2-3 in cardiac rehab.

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Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses phases 2-3 in cardiac rehab.
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Featuring Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletic Therapist

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Phase II, phase III cardiac rehab is generally done as an outpatient, meaning you'll come into a hospital to participate in structured exercise classes one to three times per week and you'll be supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals.

Usually this involves a nurse, exercise specialist, perhaps a dietitian, occupational therapist, and you'll be give an exercise program that's suitable for you given your heart condition.

And you'll also gain education on healthy nutrition, stress or anger, anxiety management. You'll learn all about your medications and the disease process itself. So it's really empowering you to be able to manage your health long term.

When you begin a phase II, III cardiac rehab program you'll have a stress test, and the exercise specialist will go over the results with you and give you some guidance in terms of what would be safe exercise to do at home.

This may involve walking, yoga, perhaps some higher-intensity activities like racquet sports or cycling, and strength training. It really depends on how you do on the stress test and also what happened to you during your heart event. Again, the exercise specialist is trained in that area to give you good, safe advice in that area.

Now if you're interested in cardiac rehab programs, the best thing to do is to contact your family doctor or cardiologist and tell them that you're interested in joining a cardiac rehab program.

Presenter: Mr. Min Naruki-van Velzen, Athletic Therapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Athletic Therapist

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