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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Who Qualifies?

If you have had any of the following diagnosis or procedures, you may qualify for Cardiac Rehabilitation:

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Heart attack

Stent placement

Heart transplant

Valve repair-replacement


Rehabilitation Goals

Learn to exercise safely

Exercise for 30 minutes while maintaining a safe heart rate

Reduce risk factors

Understand heart disease and symptom management


Benefits to Exercise & Lifestyle Modifications

Some possible benefits include:

Boosts energy

Aids sleep

Helps control diabetes

Helps prevent bone loss

Reduces colon cancer risk

Helps manage stress and relieve tension

Improves circulation

Reduces depression and anxiety

Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke

Helps smokers cut down or stop

Increases good cholesterol

Helps control weight

Helps reduce blood pressure in some people

Promotes sense of well being and optimism


Cardiac Rehabilitation Details

Telemetry monitored sessions

Meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday for approximately one hour

If qualifications are met, covered by Medicare and/or private insurance

Usual duration is 6-8 weeks

Individual educational offerings

Work up to 30 minutes of aerobic activity (treadmill, bike, etc.)

Need physician order


The program is conducted with the guidance of a Board Certified Cardiologist. A team of health professionals prescribe and monitor individualized exercise prescriptions and diet.


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