The First Step to Better Health – for Life
After cardiac surgery or a heart attack, joining a monitored, supportive cardiac rehabilitation program is the first step toward a lifelong strategy for better health. At Good Samaritan Hospital, rehabilitation begins even before you leave the hospital.
Our program has successfully helped many patients reduce certain cardiac risk factors and slow down or even stop progression of heart disease.
How do you measure the quality of a cardiac rehabilitation program?
Good Indicators of quality include:
How much progress patients make during 12 weeks of outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
At Good Samaritan Hospital, our goal is for all patients to have a MET gain, with at least 75% achieving a MET level of 5 or better. MET (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) is a measure of energy used during physical activity. 1 MET is used for basic functions like breathing while at rest. When you increase your MET, you improve the overall condition and efficiency of your cardiovascular system.
How satisfied are patients with their results from an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program
At Good Samaritan Hospital, our goal is for patients to be very satisfied. We achieve a satisfaction rating of 3.8 or better on a scale of 1-4, with 4 being the highest possible.
Our Phase I Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program begins while you are still in the hospital and includes:
- Nutrition Information
- Stress management techniques
- Recommendations about starting a personal fitness program
- Monitored mobility training…all based on your individual needs and circumstances
After discharge from the hospital, your physician may prescribe our Phase II Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program – a 12-week, 3 –times-a-week course of progressive exercise monitored by registered nurses. A Physical Therapist is also available for consultation and to help adapt the program to your pre-existing physical abilities. A dietician is available for nutrition education and consultation. Our Medical Director is also available
In our structured program, nurses work closely with you to help you understand how you are progressing and what you can do to achieve your rehabilitation goals. During the course, you will continue to be followed by your referring cardiologist. We keep referring doctors well informed of their patient’s progress.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation gym includes:
- Treadmills with vital sign measurement capability
- Bicycles with vital sign measurement capability
- Airdyne bicycles
- Recumbent bicycles
- Weight Training equipment
- State- of-the-art telemetry for every participant.
Phase II includes
- Planning your transition to managing your own fitness
- Learning how to reduce cardiac risk factors
- Learning about support services in the community.
We are Located on Good Samaritan Hospital’s Mission Oaks campus in a quiet Los Gatos neighborhood. We offer convenient parking and easy registration.
Phase II – What Happens?
First visit: Orientation to our program and completion of a health history questionnaire.
Second visit: One-on-one evaluation and development of an individualized monitored exercise program
Subsequent visits: in a group setting, with no more than 12 participants. Nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4. Exercise activity progresses based on your individual tolerance of the activities. People usually progress at every visit.
Monthly classes support the one-on-one education given during Phase II exercise sessions.
- Overview of the Heart
- Nutrition for Heart Health
- Cardiac Medications
- Stress Management for a Healthy Life
After Phase II
After your discharge, we offer you the opportunity to return monthly for monitored exercise sessions so you will know how you are maintaining your gains. A report will be set to your cardiologist, primary care physician or both.
Find out more about Good Samaritan’s Cardiac and Vascular Services
Find out more about Good Samaritan’s Rehabilitation Services
For more about Cardiac Rehabilitation:
American Heart Association
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
15891 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Easy parking and easy registration
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Groups: Tues: Orientation and one-on-one evaluations