• Heart condition, such as stable angina or stable
chronic heart failure.
• Heart procedure or surgery, including CABG,
coronary angioplasty, stenting or heart valve repair or
replacement, or heart or heart-lung transplant.
Check with your medical team and insurer to be sure
Phase 3 is more of a transitional phase, some of the
monitoring is removed. “So maybe not monitoring the
EKG, but still monitoring heart rate and blood pressure.
Phase 3 is in a supervised setting, like a rehab center,”
Dunn said. The length of Phase 3 depends on the patient.
“It can be as short as a couple of weeks. For a heart
In Phase 4, the patient is
unsupervised and unmonitored,
typically still in a rehab center, but
sometimes it may be in a community
center or YMCA. “Phase 4 does
not have an endpoint. Once you
get there, you basically stay there
forever,” Dunn said. This is the way
to maintain the gains, as well as
continuing to practice all that’s been
learned through the CR process.