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Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you have had a heart attack, heart surgery or other cardiac event, HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program is here to assist you to a full recovery. Our highly specialized team works in collaboration with cardiac surgeons and physicians to develop individualized programs tailored to your unique needs. Programs emphasize exercise, nutrition, medication management, smoking cessation and emotional support to help you maximize your full potential. 
Our program is recognized for following standards and guidelines of the utmost quality with certification through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Cardiac Rehabilitation is provided on an outpatient basis and incorporates safe exercise and cardiac risk factor modification education. Your physician will determine when the  program is right for you, and at that time submit a referral. Sessions usually begin 10 to 14 days after your cardiac event and are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for up to 12 weeks. Education sessions, on Wednesdays, cover topics regarding nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, stress/relaxation, medications, signs and symptoms and diabetic screening. Exercise sessions, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, are designed to safely improve the heart's function. They are supervised by a registered nurse and/or exercise specialist.
Benefits of the program include:
  • Improved physical fitness and energy levels
  • Improved heart strength
  • Weight loss or maintenance
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced or controlled cholesterol levels
  • Improved overall well-being
  • Improved management of stress
  • Reduced risk of future heart problems
  • Increased ability to perform job tasks
  • Education to understand and manage heart disease including cardiac risk factor identification and modification
To qualify for cardiac rehabilitation, an individual must have recently undergone a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, coronary stenting/ballooning angioplasty, heart transplant, have stable angina or heart failure. A physician referral is also required. Upon receipt of the referral, an appointment is arranged to discuss and evaluate special needs, establish goals and design a program to help you achieve these goals.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Maintenance Program

Maintenance sessions are recommended for patients who have cardiac disease or who have completed the cardiac rehabilitation program. These sessions are not covered by insurance and are paid out of pocket on a monthly basis by the participant. The maintenance program includes:
  • A self-guided, consistent exercise program designed  to improve strength, activity tolerance, functional independence, body weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Personal instruction regarding the exercise program during orientation
  • Registered nurses and/or exercise specialists available for support as needed
A referral from your physician is also required for the maintenance program.