Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised secondary prevention program for ANYONE suffering from heart disease. Trained professionals work as a team to identify individual patient needs and risk factors. Along with monitored exercise, we will counsel and educate on healthy dietary habits, and stress management and coping skills. In the end, the patient will have the tools they need to lead a healthy lifestyle, and become confident with returning to their previous activities of daily living. Below is a description of the different “phases” of cardiac rehab:
Inpatient program / Phase I
During your stay in the hospital, we will answer questions regarding your symptoms/event/procedure. We will help you identify risk factors for future events and introduce methods to modify them. Another major goal is help you identify signs and symptoms and give you instructions in the case of emergencies. Lastly, we teach you skills to manage home-activity intensity to bridge you to an outpatient rehab program in your area for continuing care.
Outpatient Program / Phase II
A physician referral is required for this post-hospital early-outpatient rehab. We treat the whole person, which is a reflection of our team of medical directors, exercise physiologists, nurses, dieticians and social workers. After initial assessment, we will design an individual treatment plan to target patient and staff derived goals; the referring physician will receive regular updates on your progress. Patients attend class for ~ 1 hour, 2 – 3/ week for up to 36 visits. Exercise is guided by physician prescription while feelings of exertion, heart rhythm, and vital signs are monitored by other staff. Regular education and counseling is presented in a group forum or 1:1 meetings. Most insurance policies cover participation in an outpatient program with the following diagnoses:
Medicare covered diagnoses include:
Coronary Bypass Surgery
Coronary Angioplasty with/without Stenting
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
Heart or combined Heart/Lung Transplant
Stable Angina (chest pain)
Other Diagnoses, or prevention, may be covered by some private insurance policies.
*We encourage you to check with your insurance company for co-pay and deductibles, and to see if you are covered for continuous EKG-monitoring exercise prior to beginning cardiac rehab.
Maintenance Program / Phase III
Upon graduation of phase II, patients are encouraged to continue exercise and other healthy-behaviors just as they have learned. One option is to enroll in a maintenance program using the same facility at the hospital. This program has an out-of-pocket cost requirement that is often cheaper than most fitness facilities, while having hospital emergency staff available. Vital sign monitoring and goal updating are done regularly, but less intensively than in phase II. The patient is encouraged to be independent with exercise and health habits, while having education materials on these subjects readily available.
Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation
Strengthened heart muscle
Increase exercise capacity
Decreased blood pressure
Improved cholesterol levels
More controlled blood sugar levels
Increased knowledge about risk factors
Restoration of self-confidence
Improved ability to deal with anxiety and depression
Earlier detection of medical problems
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 970.384.7555