Kershaw Health

Phase II Cardiac Rehab Orientation

Orientation to Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II


We are very happy that you have decided to enroll in the Cardiac Rehab, Program at Kershaw County Medical Center. Please feel free to ask any staff member questions you have at any time. Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each session lasts approximately one hour. The direct line for Cardiac Rehab is 803-713-6148. 

The process of Cardiac Rehabilitation involves several methods and strategies, including nutritional counseling, behavioral modification and educational sessions. Exercise is a central element in the program. Your exercise prescription will be carefully and individually formulated and designed to place demand on the circulatory system. For this reason, it is extremely important you understand this hand-out and always ask questions when in doubt.

Important Information

Prior to arriving at the session:

  • Eat breakfast- one hour before- juice, cereal, or toast but avoid heavy foods such as doughnuts, pastries and butter.
  • It is recommended that you avoid caffeine and smoking before coming for a session. These are stimulants and tend to abnormally raise your resting heart rate. Drink water because this helps maintain hydration.
  • Take your medications at least one to two hours before coming to class. This provides the staff opportunity to evaluate the medications effectiveness.
  • If you experience any unaccustomed symptoms of pain, discomfort or soreness, let staff know before you start exercising. If you notice any symptoms while exercising, slow down and inform staff members. DO NOT COME TO CLASS IF YOU HAVE A FEVER OVER 101, NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, COUGHING OR SORE THROAT. Just call and inform the staff about how you are feeling. If you are not feeling well, please inform the staff before exercise.
  • Always know your target heart rate. The staff will develop your exercise prescription and you will be monitored with an EKG telemetry unit. Accuracy is essential in determining if you are attaining cardiovascular conditioning.
  • Remember the scheduled time for your exercise. Our staff is relatively small and cooperation in this area will greatly assist us in maintaining a regular and efficient daily regimen. Please inform staff if early dismissal is necessary. If you arrive early, please wait in the Lobby until staff can bring you in for the session.
  • Educational sessions will be offered on a weekly basis. Many topics will be covered including several nutritional aspects, exercise information, risk factor modification, and stress management sessions.
  • f your doctor has changed any of your medications, please inform the staff the next time you attend a session. 

Recommended Exercise Clothing

  • Shoes- Wear low cut walking or running shoes with good arch support and at least ½ inch soles. Quality shoes are a good investment when beginning and exercise program.
  • Socks- Always to be worn while walking or jogging. Any comfortable all cotton brand will be sufficient.
  • Shirt and pants- Remember loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best. Layers are great in cooler weather, since you can remove them for class and replace them to go outside.


  • As you are well aware, attendance is an important factor in the success of the Program. For this reason, it is requested that you attend a minimum of 75% of your prescribed sessions each month. When attendance falls below the stated level, the Program Director will review your case to determine the most reasonable approach for us to assist you with your cardiovascular conditioning program.

Cell Phones

  • We ask that you not have a cell phone on while you are in class. They can disrupt the signal that we are trying to receive from the telemetry unit and the monitor. This can cause problems with the reception of not only your monitor but others in the class as well.


  • In case of an emergency, the session may have to be dismissed. The staff will be doing everything possible to give emergency treatment.


  • We ask that family, friends and other visitors not come into the exercise sessions. The sessions are for the staff to provide care for the patient. Family, friends, visitors are encouraged to come to the Educational Sessions with the patient. Please feel free to ask questions at any time.