Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Services

What is a Cardiac Rehabilitation program?

gym-cardiac-rehab.jpgCardiac rehab is a program to develop a stronger heart and better health if your heart is weakened or damaged. C. A. Dean’s Cardiac Rehab program will guide you through the process to help your heart muscle recover, and increase your overall strength and endurance through a combination of monitored exercise and educational programming. Our team helps you practice and change your lifestyle to help ensure your long-term health.

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Am I a Candidate for Cardiac Rehab?
If you have had any of the following, you may be eligible for cardiac rehab:
  • Heart Transplant
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Bypass Graft (CABG or open heart surgery)
  • Heart Failure
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty or Stenting
  • Stable Angina
  • Valve Surgery
  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator Placement
Who is Part of the Cardiac Rehab Team?
  • You! Your goals will be incorporated into the program
  • Dr. Darin Peck is our medical director; he oversees the program, checks in regularly on current patients, and is available during classes, if needed
  • Your primary physician is also a part of the team; our nurse may need to consult with your PCP to ensure all your needs are safely met
  • Your cardiologist; no matter where he/she is located, our staff will provide information to or consult with your cardiologist to ensure all your needs are safely met
  • A Cardiac Rehab Nurse trained in Advanced Cardiac Lifesaving; the nurse monitors your daily progress and provides education on medications, blood pressure and cholesterol management, smoking cessation and stress management (if applicable), and food and nutrition
  • A Physical Therapist trained in exercise prescription will set up an exercise program to work within your current level of physical fitness and other physical limitations; your program will be progressed as your physical fitness and heart health improves
  • A Dietician will meet with you to go over a cardiac diet and guide you through nutritional choices; the dietician will tailor the education to your specific dietary needs and restrictions
  • A social worker is also available if needed
How does the Cardiac Program work?
  • You need a referral (prescription) from your cardiologist or primary care provider.
  • Our Cardiac Rehab staff will contact your insurance to see if Outpatient Cardiac Rehab (often called Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab) is a covered benefit.
  • You may need to have a treadmill stress test prior to starting; this helps us set an appropriate Target Heart Rate (this is your pulse rate that exercises your heart muscle effectively without putting too much stress on it which could injure it further).
  • You will meet with the Cardiac Rehab Nurse and the Physical Therapist for a private initial consultation.
  • Once all of the above are complete, you will join the Cardiac Rehab class which meets twice a week.
  • Typically, a person usually attends 24-36 Cardiac Rehab sessions. It takes several months to build up the heart muscle and regain physical fitness.
  • After discharge from the Cardiac Rehab program, a person should continue regular exercise at the same level as in the program and continue with all the healthy lifestyle changes. This is called the maintenance phase. Cardiac Rehab staff will periodically follow up with you to provide ongoing support.
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital is fully equipped to handle cardiac emergencies.
For more information on our Cardiac Rehab services, please call 207-695-5279.