Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The second phase of the rehabilitation process continues the circle of care, as patients are encouraged to participate in our Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II Outpatient Program, a 12 week-program that strives to assist patients in:

  • increasing exercise tolerance
  • reducing symptoms of angina, dyspnea and fatigue
  • improving blood lipid levels and blood sugars
  • reducing weight, smoking, and stress
  • improving psychosocial well-being and reducing mortality

This 12-week program includes:

  • 36 one-hour-long sessions of individualized, telemetry-monitored aerobic exercise to promote endurance, health and well-being, and teach patients to assess their tolerance for exercise by developing self-monitoring skills
  • weekly educational seminars on all aspects of cardiac well-being
  • nutritional guidance in adopting a heart-healthy diet
  • individual monitoring of patients with diabetes by a specialized nurse educator
  • individual or group classes on smoking cessation

At the end of the Phase II Cardiac Program, the circle of cardiac health continues as patients have the option of joining our Phase III Maintenance program, focused on ongoing exercise and lifestyle modification. Patients are also encouraged to participate in a cardiovascular disease support group such as the Mended Heart Association, which has active in our center since 1997.

For a referral form to our cardiac outpatient program, click here.

Pulmonary Outpatient Rehabilitation

Rusk’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outpatient Program strives to assist patients in:

  • improving patient symptoms
  • optimizing quality of life
  • improving each patient’s functional status
  • preventing worsening of symptoms and disease progression
  • reducing mortality

The goals of the Pulmonary Outpatient Program are to improve function, reduce symptoms such as breathlessness, reduce stress and anxiety, teach patients the proper way take their medications, and enhance their quality of life.

This 12-week program includes:

  • 36 one-hour-long sessions of individualized, telemetry monitored aerobic exercise to promote endurance, health and well-being, and teach patients to assess their tolerance for exercise by developing self-monitoring skills
  • weekly educational seminars on all aspects of pulmonary well-being with emphasis on the proper use of peak flow meters, nebulizers, ventilators and acapella devices
  • nutritional guidance towards a healthy diet
  • individual monitoring of patients with diabetes by a specialized nurse educator
  • individual or group classes on smoking cessation