800 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. map
Lodi, California 95240
About our program
Heart disease cannot be cured with medicine and interventions alone. Initially after surgery, most people feel better than ever because their heart is receiving more oxygen. But without lifestyle modifications, arteries can become reclogged, leading to further heart damage. Heart disease returns, as arteries can become reclogged, sometimes eight to ten years down the road.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a 12-week, well-paced, interdisciplinary program that includes medically supervised exercise, diet modification, stress reduction, smoking cessation, medication management and education about how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms. Lodi Health's Cardiac Rehabilitation program provides a supportive environment that allows patients to interact with others who have experienced a similar journey.
The first step
Admittance to the cardiac rehabilitation program is upon the recommendation of a patient’s physician. At the initial interview, the cardiac-nurse specialist will review the patient’s medical history and explain the program. An assessment will be made of cardiac-risk factors, including:
- Smoking history
- Cholesterol values
- Blood-pressure control
- Physical activity
- Weight management
- Diabetes control
- Stress management
Who can benefit
Men and women of all ages who have had angina, heart failure, a heart attack, heart bypass surgery, valve surgery, angioplasty and patients with a heart transplant, can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation reduces patients' risk of future heart problems and increases their life expectancy.
Stages of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase II – Phase II is a 12-week exercise program of three sessions per week. Exercise sessions include warm up, aerobic exercise, resistance training and cool-down stretching. These small classes of five or less allow for each patient’s individual needs to be met. Throughout each session, patientsl receive continuous cardiac monitoring, blood pressure checks and education tailored to individual needs. Patients can start Phase II once their physicians clear them, typically two to six weeks after their heart attack, intervention or surgery.
Phase III – Phase III is also called a “maintenance phase,” with three sessions per week. In this phase, staff works on maintaining patient fitness through an exercise prescription tailored for each patient. Monitoring is provided once every three months and blood pressure checks are done each session. Phase III candidates are individuals with previous heart disease, patients at risk of developing heart disease, and graduates of the Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program.
The Beat Goes On
Cardiac support group
This free support group offers practical tools for healthy living to heart-disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide awareness through support meetings and educational forums that those with heart disease can live well. Free blood pressure screenings are provided.
Lodi Health West
800 S. Lower Sacramento Rd.,
For times and dates, call 209.339.7664.