Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised and monitored exercise and education program for individuals with heart disease. Physicians now recommend increased physical activity for cardiac patients as early as possible following a heart attack or heart surgery. Through participation in cardiac rehabilitation, patients are helped to safely reach and maintain their optimal level of exercise and activity.
Cardiac rehab patients include:
- Patients who have experienced a heart attack
- Patients recovering from cardiovascular surgery such as stints or bypass
- Patients with stable angina (chest pains)
- Patients with congestive heart failure
Cardiac rehabilitation patients meet three times per week for
30-60 minute sessions. The initial program generally lasts for 12 weeks.
The cardiac rehab department has state of the art exercise and
monitoring equipment. A registered nurse supervises the exercise
program and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The
exercise program will include an educational component covering
nutrition, benefits of exercise, medication management and other
A maintenance program is available for patients who want to
continue supervised exercise beyond the normal 12-week period
insured. This exercise program is also open to those who do not qualify
for insured therapy.
Cardiac rehabilitation is reimbursable under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. There is an affordable fee for exercise and maintenance programs.
For more information about cardiac rehabilitation call 573-438-5451