Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you have heart problems, cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) may help improve your health and quality of life. Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services Cardiac Rehabilitation offers a mix of exercise, education and risk factor modification.

Eligibility

Individuals who have had a heart attack within 12 months or have had a procedure such as coronary artery bypass, angioplasty/stent and valve repair, and stable angina are eligible to participate.

What can Cardiac Rehab do for me?

Cardiac rehab is a safe and effective way to help you:

  • Feel better faster and return to important activities

  • Reduce stress

  • Increase overall strength and endurance

  • Reduce risk of future heart problems

  • Incorporate regular exercise into your day

  • Monitor healing process to prevent complications

  • Communicate with your provider

Treatment

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed for you to exercise 3 times per week; typically on Monday, Wednesday & Friday; in one-on-one sessions under the supervision of a registered nurse. Your exercise sessions are individualized and will begin slow and easy and last for a short duration of time. Each time you exercise, the intensity and duration of your exercises will be increased depending on your stage of recuperation. During each exercise session, your heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen level are monitored.

The equipment used for exercising includes a treadmill, NuStep and weights. Each session will include individualized education on your cardiovascular risk factors including: nutrition, cholesterol, smoking, stress, weights, and diabetes.

Arrangements can also be made for you to meet with a dietician. When you have completed the program, a home exercise plan will be discussed.

Become a Patient

A referral from a physician is necessary for entry into a cardiac rehabilitation program. Our staff will assist you with the referral. The first time you come, there will be an interview with orientation to the program. Your family may come with you for the interview and any time you exercise.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most medical insurances. Please verify with your insurance company that your test or treatment is a covered benefit.

For more information about Cardiac Rehab at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, call the Cardiac Rehab Department at (605) 326-3010.

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