Rehabilitation is offered in three phases to heart patients, with individuals progressing through the phases as their health improves. Inpatients receive phase 1, while outpatients receive phases 2 and 3. Cardiac rehabilitation includes exercise (monitored as needed) and education. Education topics such as diet, risk factors, and lifestyle changes are covered.
A monthly cardiac support group provides more education and social opportunities for heart patients and their families. It typically meets on the third Monday of each month (except during the summer). A heart healthy luncheon (available for $5) begins at 11:30 a.m., and a free presentation on heart health begins at 12 noon. Call Mercy On Call
at 358-2767 for information about the next meeting.