Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village
The Alexian Brothers Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive exercise, education and behavior modification program for individuals who have experienced a cardiac problem or event. The program is designed to guide participants
toward healthy lifestyle changes to improve
both their physical and emotional well being.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has been awarded
certification by the American Association of
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Certification recognizes those programs that have
undergone rigorous review by a national board
and have met the essential requirements for their
standards of care.
Our professional team of physicians, nurses, exercise
physiologists, respiratory therapists and dietitians are
dedicated to helping participants reach and maintain
an optimum level of cardiac fitness. The team works
closely with participants and their families to help
them make healthy decisions regarding their lifestyle
and health. Our mission is to return our participants to
a full and productive life following open heart surgery,
angioplasty or heart attack. Regular communication
with the participant’s physician ensures continuity of
care and follow-up throughout the program.
Some of the benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation include:
- Improved health, self-confidence and well-being
- Increased efficiency of the heart
- Improved overall strength and stamina
- Improved blood pressure, blood sugar and lipids (cholesterol) control
- Stress reduction and management
- Support for smoking cessation
- Increased knowledge about heart healthy food choices and meal planning
- Professional supervision to ensure safe exercise routines
- Counseling and motivation from a caring, professional staff
- Reduced risk of future health problems
- Support and education through the local branch of the Mended Hearts self-help group for participants and family members
Phase 1 Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehabilitation typically begins in the hospital setting after a heart attack or a cardiac procedure. During this phase a Cardiac Rehabilitation team member meets with patients and their families to instruct and supervise light exercise sessions. Blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm and oxygen level are closely monitored. The patient continues these exercises at home until starting Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2.
Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation
A physician referral is required to begin Phase 2. During the initial Phase 2 session, the participant meets with a Registered Nurse. Together they will discuss the program, explore individualized needs and set appropriate goals. After this consultation, participants meet 3 times a week for exercise, education and support.
Participants exercise safely in a cardiac monitored and supervised setting located at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village. Risk factor modification and heart health lifestyle choices are taught and supported. After completing Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation, the patient can choose to exercise at home, at a local park district, Harper College or at any private exercise facility in the area.