What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is a comprehensive, medically supervised program designed to assist patients in regaining their physical capacity and improve their confidence in the ability to return to a full and productive life following a cardiac event. Additionally, patients are provided with the educational resources that will help them to make health decisions that can help slow, stabilize, and even reverse the progression of their heart disease. In combination with proper medication and a heart healthy diet, exercise is of vital importance to regaining heart function, decreasing symptoms, and stopping the progression of heart disease.

Cardiac Rehab is the first step to building life-long heart-healthy habits. Our staffing includes master-level exercise physiologists, a cardiologist, registered dieticians, registered pharmacists and case managers. Together we create a multidisciplinary team, well-versed in caring for individuals with heart disease. Our facility is located on the first floor of the hospital in the Heart and Vascular Center.

What do I do during my Cardiac Rehab sessions?

Cardiac Rehab provides EKG (heart rate and rhythm) monitoring of individualized exercise prescriptions so that each visit is individually tailored to you. We also provide educational programs to assist patients in risk factor modifications.

Classes are taught by multidisciplinary teams, including exercise physiologists, registered pharmacist, registered dietitian and stress counselor. Courses include smoking cessation, medication review, stress reduction, anatomy of the heart, diabetes, nutrition and other topics of interest to heart patients and their families.

How often do I participate in Cardiac Rehab?

Patients attend exercise three days per week, (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), for one hour. There are education classes offered throughout the month that may increase the appointment to two hours.

Who can participate in Cardiac Rehab?

Anyone who has had any one of these events/procedures in the last year may join the program with a written order from their physician:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Angioplasty
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery
  • Stable Angina

Does insurance cover Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is a medically necessary service and is covered by nearly all insurance companies, including Medicare. The hospital staff will call your insurance company and verify your insurance coverage before beginning the program.

Our program goals include:

  • Improve the patient’s quality of life
  • Achieve independent function of daily living
  • Control and alleviate symptoms
  • Decrease psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression
  • Increase exercise tolerance
  • Return patients to employment when possible
  • Preventing negative physical and psychological effects of inactivity
  • Reducing risk factors for heart disease

Benefits of Cardiac Rehab include:

  • Decreased risk factors for coronary heart disease
  • Improved ability to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Improved blood pressure control
  • Improved blood cholesterol levels
  • Improved body flexibility
  • Improved strength and stamina
  • Improved weight management
  • Safe exercise habits

Our hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Participation in the program requires an order from your doctor.

For information about eligibility for the program, call: (281) 401-7733