Cardio-Respiratory Rehabilitation

Cardio-Respiratory Rehabilitation refers to a structured program of exercise and education designed to help you return to optimal fitness and function following an event like a heart attack, Asthma, Myocardial Infarction, etc. Physiotherapists help evaluate cardiac & Respiratory function, assess impairments that may limit your mobility, and prescribe progressive exercise and physical activity to help you return to your normal lifestyle after such an event.

There are four phases of such rehabilitation programs.


Phase One: The Acute Phase

An acute care physiotherapist will work closely with your doctors, nurses, and other rehabilitation professionals to help you start to regain your mobility.


Phase Two: The Sub-acute Phase

Once you leave the hospital, your cardiac rehabilitation program will continue at an outpatient facility. Phase two of the rehabilitation program usually lasts from 3-6 weeks and involves continued monitoring of your cardiac responses to exercise and activity.


Phase Three: Intensive Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase three of involves more independent and group exercise. You should be able to monitor your own heart rate, symptomatic response to exercise, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE).


Independent Ongoing Conditioning

The final phase is your own independent and ongoing conditioning. If you have participated fully in the previous phases, then you should have excellent knowledge about your specific condition, risk factors, and strategies to maintain optimal health.