During their hospital stay, University of Mississippi Medical Center patients with heart-related conditions receive specialized instruction and exercise assessments. University Heart’s cardiac rehabilitation department incorporates a three-phase program with the goal to increase and enhance the patient’s physical ability while decreasing anxiety and increasing self-care and sufficiency.
Phase I includes disease education and exercise assessment, and pre-phase II, which is unique to UMMC, teaches patients what to expect from exercise by putting them through the regimen while they’re still at the hospital. Phase II integrates outpatient rehabilitation, while Phase III rehab focuses on long-term, maintenance-type progress.
During their hospital stay, patients will progress in their functional ability (from sitting to standing and walking) and learn how to perform cardiac rehabilitative exercises as they are educated about heart disease and cardiac disease process, recovery, and rehabilitation. The care continuum is available to any hospitalized adult or pediatric patient with heart-related conditions or complications.
University Heart inpatient cardiac rehabilitation patients can expect the following experience if their physician consults or orders cardiac rehabilitation during hospitalization.