If you have had a heart attack or are recovering from open heart surgery, experience angina or have a high risk for heart disease; then the Bernie Guida Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Bristol Hospital is for you. The cardiac rehab program is designed to help heart patients reach their highest level of wellness. All you need is the willingness to take part in the program and a referral from your physician.
Cardiac rehabilitation is the process by which individuals who have heart disease, or who have a high risk for hear disease, work with the cardiac rehabilitation team to reach the highest level of physical, social and emotional well being compatible with their physical ability.
Each component of our program: exercise, education, nutrition counseling and psychosocial support, is important. Cardiac rehabilitation is divided into three phases. An individually designed exercise prescription is developed specifically for you by your doctor and members of the cardiac rehabilitation team.
Phase I begins on the day of admission to the hospital. It includes a low-level activity and exercise program as well as individual education. This phase lasts until you are discharged.
Phase II begins on the day you are discharged. Once a referral has been received from your physician and insurance has been approved you will come in for an orientation to the program. This usually occurs within two to four weeks after discharge, and then you will begin exercise at the Bernie Guida Cardiac Rehabilitation
Center at Bristol Hospital.
Phase III is a maintenance program for those patients who would like to continue with the program after completion of Phase II. This is a self pay program (insurance does NOT cover), and you may continue to exercise in the program as long as you would like. You will be charged on a monthly basis.
To learn more about cardiac rehabilitation at the Bernie Guida Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, please call 860.585.3580.