Your first appointments
Appointment #1 Introduction to the Program.
- Discuss the importance of cardiovascular rehabilitation and how it can benefit you.
- Discuss health concerns such as chest pain and stroke symptoms.
- Discuss healthy changes you can make prior to starting the program.
- Describe the program and plan your next steps to participate.
Appointment #2 Exercise Cardiopulmonary
Exercise Stress Test (CPET) on treadmill or bike
In order to safely participate in the program, all participants are asked to complete a specialized stress test to assess your ability to exercise. This can be done on a treadmill or bicycle. For those with limited mobility, other modalities can be considered.
Remember your appointment time is your
ARRIVAL TIME. Plan to be here 60 - 90
minutes. This will include some wait
Wear comfortable clothes and
running shoes. You will be on the
treadmill or bike for a maximum of 15 minutes
If you are diabetic: bring your glucometer and a snack
Bring a bottle of water
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress
Test (CPET) is the gold standard for exercise testing which includes wearing a
neoprene mask or having snorkel-like mouth piece in your mouth and nose
Appointment #3 Track Trial
At the Track Trial, you will complete a walking test based on your stress test results and learn:
- How to exercise safely
- How to self manage potential exercise related concerns
- How to document your exercise
- Be prepared to be here for 2
After you have checked in at
the front desk, the first hour will be in the classroom. You will receive a stop watch and lap
counter, review how to use them and how to check your heart rate. You will receive exercise instruction and
learn how to fill out an exercise log.
The second hour will be
using these tools. You will trial a walking pace based on your
stress test and receive an exercise prescription.
Wear comfortable clothing and
If you are diabetic: bring your glucometer and snack
(otherwise you may not be able to exercise)
For safety reasons, family members/supportive partners may not exercise on track. They are welcome to sit at
the tables provided.
6 Month Exercise Program
of the initial 3 appointments, your 6 month exercise program will begin. You will start each weekly session in the classroom. A “mini talk” (short discussion on
cardiovascular health/exercise) will occur for the first 30 minutes. You will then move to the track where
participants will walk for up to 1 hour (depending on your individualized
exercise prescription). Each weekly
class can be up to 1.5 hours.
There are TWO, 2-hour required
education classes to give you the information you need to be successful in the
program. Topics: Cardiovascular Risk Reduction,
Nutrition, Medication Information and discussing the Impact of Cardiovascular Disease
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