Period (weeks)* Section Description
Beginning (1-5 weeks) Safety and Foundation Information about the CR program, their aerobic exercise prescription and safety, managing angina, irregular heartbeats, diabetes, exercising in cold and hot weather, the heart (anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnoses and treatment) and cardiac medications.
Middle (6-12 weeks) Skill Development Information about the patient’s risk factor profile, goal setting and action planning, resistance training, nutrition (fats, fiber, reading food labels, sodium), psychosocial risk, and sexual intimacy
End (18-26 weeks) Preparing for Graduation Information about how much physical activity is good, aerobic and resistance training progression, relapse planning, and graduation.
Table 5: Sections of the new educational curriculum for CR patients. CR indicates Cardiac Rehabilitation. *The CR program is 26 weeks long.