Phase II is a twelve-week outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program which may begin as early as four weeks from the date of surgery. It is a monitored, supervised exercise program designed to include regular physical exercise and risk-factor modification for those who have had a recent heart illness, surgery, or procedure. Patients are referred by their cardiologist. It is a good idea to contact your insurance company prior to beginning the program to find out if it is covered under your plan. Before starting the program, an appointment will be made to evaluate your cardiovascular status and determine your current health and fitness level, as well as your physical potential. A Phase II packet will be provided at that time which includes exercise benefits and guidelines for participation in the program. A time slot will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for a one-hour of exercise session that includes a warm-up period, an exercise segment on a variety of treadmills and/or stationary bikes, free weight training, and cool down stretches. Blood pressure will be taken before, during and after exercise and exercise regimens are tailored to meet each patient's needs and ability. Progress reports from each session will be sent to your physician. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., an educational lecture is offered by a health care professional on topics ranging from medication to weight and stress management. Upon completion of the program you will be given a graduation certificate and will be eligible to continue to our extended outpatient program in Phase III.