Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to provide progressive aerobic/anaerobic exercise in a medically supervised setting while using the latest cardiac monitoring technology. Our cardiac rehabilitation program utilizes a one on one coaching approach as well as other strategies to reduce risk factors. Our goal is to assist in lifestyle changes that are necessary to improve your overall physical and mental health, and the health of your heart.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

• Reduced risk of future cardiac events • Continuous cardiac monitoring throughout the exercise sessions • Medically supervised exercise program • Dietary classes with a Register ed Dietician • Earlier return to work and daily activities • Enhanced physical functioning and independent living (Quality of Life) • Improved cardiovascular and respiratory function

Cardiac Rehab Exercise Sessions

Cardiac Rehab sessions are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We offer two exercise sessions throughout the day with each session lasting about 75 minutes. The sessions are made up of small groups which consist of up to seven patients each. Research shows that to obtain optimum benefit from any cardiac rehabilitation program, patients should attend three times per week. This also helps to foster a more structured exercise program and reinforce new exercise habits. The duration of the program may vary depending on an individual’s diagnosis as well as their overall physical condition upon entry into the program.

Exercise Sessions

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Exercise 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Education 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Exercise


The formal education classes will be held Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend. Risk factor reduction is performed every day in the Cardiac Rehab Program. Below is a list of some of the topics that will be covered. • Heart Healthy Eating • Restaurant Dining & Food Labels • Healthy Weight Control • Exercise Safely at Home • Home Exercise Equipment • Cholesterol and Your Heart • Heart Disease 101 • Managing Diabetes • Cardiac Medications • Managing Heart Failure • Managing Blood Pressure

Getting Started

A physician referral is needed to start Cardiac Rehab. If you are interested in starting the Cardiac Rehab program, please call us at 254-618-4310. We will work with your doctor to determine your eligibility. Referral diagnoses include CABG, Valve Surgery, Heart Attack, Stents, Heart Transplant and in some cases, Congestive Heart Failure. The initial evaluation appointment is required. It consists of a 90-minute nursing assessment and an orientation to our program.

Registration & Insurance

Most insurance plans cover up to 36 sessions of Cardiac Rehabilitation. If you are unsure about your insurance, please call 254-680-1166 and we will be happy to assist you with this process. A Word for Our Patients Cardiac rehabilitation is program designed to aid patients in their recovery following an event such as a heart attack, angioplasty, stent placement, valve repair or replacement and heart and lung transplant. Cardiac rehabilitation is also beneficial for patients with angina. Cardiac rehabilitation programs may include the following staff involved with your care: • Registered Nurses • Registered Dieticians • Physical therapists • Pharmacists Our mission is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and aggressive disease management. —Dr. Adolph Mares. M.D. SMCHH Cardiac Rehab Medical Director

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