Baylor St. Luke’s  Cardiac Rehabilitation offers two main programs:

Phase II
Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is medically supervised by Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-trained exercise physiologists and registered nurses. It focuses on an individualized exercise prescription, goal setting, and monitoring of resting and exercise vital signs. This phase may be covered by insurance and Medicare.

The individualized exercise prescription is written based on a five-point functional assessment before each patient begins the program and measures a person’s capacity to exercise. As a patient walks on a treadmill, the speed and/or incline is gradually increased every two minutes to measure:

  1. Heart rate
  2. Blood pressure
  3. Heart rhythm
  4. Rating of perceived exercise (RPE) – a measure of how the patient feels mentally
  5. Pulmonary response – evaluated by speech

A typically session lasts one to one and a half hours. At the end of the program, another functional assessment is performed to determine progress. This program is indicated for patients who are recovering from a heart attack or other cardiac event.

Phase III
This phase is an independent exercise program with daily staff review that is medically supervised by ACLS-trained exercise physiologists and RNs. Phase III is a self-pay program. Phase III sessions – held four days a week for an open-ended period of time – also focus on individualized exercise progression and goal setting and monitoring of resting and exercise vital signs.

This phase is appropriate for all individuals who are interested in decreasing their risk factors and implementing a healthy lifestyle.