Cardiac Rehab

 What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is a multidisciplinary program designed to help manage heart disease and assist patients in their recovery after a coronary intervention. The program is catered to each individual’s needs as assessed by our staff of exercise specialists, certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as Health Fitness Specialists. Exercise prescriptions and treatment plans are developed by the Exercise Specialist and are based on an assessment of the patient's goals, needs, and capabilities. Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized and shared with the patient’s cardiologist to ensure a safe and effective program.

Cardiac Rehab

UMC Health System's Cardiac Rehab provides medically supervised and monitored exercise sessions. The focus is on secondary prevention, which allows the opportunity for the Cardiac Rehab Therapist to educate the patient about risk factors, nutrition, exercise, stress and emotional aspects of heart disease, medications, and anatomy and function of heart disease. Applying what is learned through cardiac rehab to everyday life will help to prevent the recurrence of a cardiac event. Through exercise and lifestyle changes, our program will help improve physical and mental health, decrease anxiety, and improve overall quality of life.

What Does the Program Involve?

Upon referral from a cardiologist, an onsite benefits specialist will confirm insurance coverage of the program. An initial evaluation is then scheduled to assess needs for entry into the Cardiac Rehab program. Once an evaluation is completed a class time is chosen based on availability. At UMC we seek to provide a convenient schedule for patients. Treatment days are 2-3 days a week and last up to an hour. Cardiac Rehab generally lasts 8-12 weeks or up to 36 sessions. Available class times can be obtained through contacting the Cardiac Rehab team at UMC. During each session, each patient’s vital signs, progress and EKG is monitored with a portable telemetry system. The primary focus is on cardiovascular endurance, strength and education. Our program's goal is to return patients to their daily activities and increase quality of life following a cardiac event.

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