Exercise is a key component of cardiac rehabilitation. You will wear a heart monitor which allows your heart rate and heart rhythm to be monitored by healthcare professionals. Monitored exercise is a safe and effective way to:
- Improve physical strength and endurance
- Improve and manage your symptoms (angina or shortness of breath)
- Improve self-confidence/
- self-esteem and alleviate fears
- Decrease risk factors (smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, stress, diabetes)
- Improve healthy living, weight control and quality of life
Each individual will have an exercise plan designed for their physical abilities. The body needs at least three days of exercise per week to improve exercise tolerance. The exercise intensity will increase as you get physically stronger. Exercise sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and each session takes about one hour. The total length of your program will depend upon your individual progress and the meeting of your personal goals (usually 6-18 weeks).