Cardiac Rehabilitation

Proper diet and exercise are the first steps in preventing the recurrence of heart problems.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Specially trained professionals work as a team to help patients identify their individual risk factors and modify their lifestyles.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation department is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), which assures that patients are receiving the highest quality care and staff receives timely access to updates regarding medical advancements, professional development, legislation and reimbursement.

Inpatient Program

The Inpatient program occurs during your stay in the hospital. The Cardiac Rehabilitation team identifies your needs and prepares you with the education and exercise plans necessary for your return home.

Early Outpatient Program

Your physician must approve your participation in the Early Outpatient program. The staff, with help from your physician, develops an education and exercise program customized to your needs. Throughout the program, the staff communicates your progress to your physician.

During the one-hour sessions, a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team monitors your heart rate and blood pressure while guiding you through the exercise routine. Stationary bikes and treadmills are commonly used for exercise. The staff also provides support and information to assist you in living a healthy lifestyle.

Maintenance Program

You must have your physician’s permission to participate in the exercise-based maintenance program. The program is designed to teach you how to exercise safely and make it a part of your lifestyle. You will exercise on various types of equipment under the supervision of our staff, without a heart monitor.

This program provides you with an opportunity to meet others like yourself and with an incentive to maintain a healthier heart.

Community Wellness Program

The Heart Center’s outreach efforts feature free community forums, screenings and special events. In addition, our Wellness Center offers educational programs that focus on prevention of heart disease through a healthier lifestyle, such as:

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

These are common risk factors for heart disease that you can discuss with your doctor.

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • High stress levels
  • High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
Warning Signs of Heart Attack

The most critical factor in the treatment of an impending heart attack is to get help immediately. Heed these warning signs:

  • Pressure, tightness, squeezing, or pain in the chest, arm, shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A burning sensation in the chest/stomach

People who suspect they might be having a heart attack should seek help immediately.

Call 9-1-1, or have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency Department.