Cardiac Rehabilitation

WHAT IS CARDIAC REHABILITATION?

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised outpatient program that provides education, monitored exercise, guidance, and support to help you manage your heart condition and return to normal activities.
  • The program is supervised by a physician and led by a certified exercise physiologist trained in cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Participants work with staff to develop an individualized treatment plan, which includes evaluation and instruction on physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and other health related areas, to determine a safe and optimal exercise program and set their goals.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation provides opportunity for monitoring and better control of:
    • Heart rate
    • Blood pressure
    • Blood oxygen levels
    • Cholesterol
    • Diabetes

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN CARDIAC REHABILITATION?

Anyone diagnosed with the following conditions could benefit from the program:

  • Heart Attack
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery angioplasty or stents
  • Open heart surgery such as coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)

As with any exercise program, consult your physician (a referral is necessary). Is it also important to check with your insurance provider.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CARDIAC REHABILITATION?

  • Regular physical exercise helps your heart and body get stronger and work more efficiently. It improves your energy level, lifts your spirits, and increases confidence and well-being. Exercising regularly is shown to reduce your changes of future heart problems including heart attack.
  • Improves stamina and strength, which allows you to resume normal activities, including work, hobbies, and regular exercise.
  • Improves communication with your cardiologist, primary, or referring physician about your progress following your cardiac event.

For more information about the program, you can call 989-912-6438 or talk with your provider to see if you qualify for a referral.

Exercise Physiologist, Jonathan Winkel and Respiratory Therapist, Brenda McComb, will lead the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.