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Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help patients recover from an acute cardiovascular event such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery bypass surgery, repair/replacement of a heart valve, percutaneous coronary intervention (such as coronary stent placement), heart failure, and angina. Cardiac rehab provides services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.
This phase begins with the patient in the hospital recovering from a cardiac event. Emphasis is placed on education for the patient and family. The educational process includes the use of audio-visual aids, printed materials, and counseling with the patient and family. The following topics may be addressed during Phase 1:
This phase is a structured, outpatient program for patients with heart disease. It focuses on exercise, education, and support. The Cardiac Rehabilitation program generally includes 36 sessions over the course of three months, with three sessions per week. Patients exercise in the Cardiac Rehabilitation outpatient center while the staff of Registered Nurses and Exercise Physiologists monitors the patient’s responses to exercise. Patients in Phase II are typically monitored with cardiac telemetry for the duration of the program. Exercise levels on each piece of equipment are adjusted regularly by an Exercise Physiologist, based on heart rate performance, the patient's level of comfort and their physician’s directions to provide maximal safe progress in exercise capacity.
Assessment of your personal risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease
Beginning and maintaining a personalized exercise plan that works for you
Opportunity to meet and share stories with other patients like you
Improved communication with your doctor and other healthcare providers about your progress
Most insurance plans help cover the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. Check with your health insurance provider for specific coverage information before starting cardiac rehabilitation. You will need a referral from your physician to participate in the program.
To request an appointment or schedule service with an NCH Physician Group doctor, please call (239) 624-8106 or the Access Healthline (239) 624-1999. You may also visit our online Physician Directory, Find a Doctor.
If you have a problem that requires immediate attention please call the NCH Healthcare System switchboard (239) 624-5000. Please note: NCH cannot provide medical advice over the phone. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or seek emergency medical help.