Following a heart attack or cardiac surgery, most patients can make a strong recovery and return to normal, productive lives. Even after successful surgery or treatment, many patients wonder whether their hearts can ever withstand the exertion of exercise and daily activity. Atrium Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program helps patients improve their cardiac function to enjoy active lives.
Designed for those who have experienced cardiac disease, heart attack, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery,or have stable angina (chest pain), our program combines carefully monitored exercise and education to help patients resume the activities that make life rich and full. Patients often feel better and experience a higher level of fitness than before their cardiac events.
Helping You Feel Your Best
At Atrium Medical Center, we offer cardiac rehabilitation in three phases:
Beginning shortly after treatment or surgery, we assist the patient with “slow and steady” physical progress. This is the first step towards recovery.
Phase II is an eight to 12-week outpatient recovery program designed to help patients regain the confidence and stamina needed to return to their normal activities and work levels. Our experienced cardiac rehabilitation nursing staff, athletic trainer, and registered dietitian create an individualized program for each patient, which includes:
- Monitored Exercise - Medically-supervised conditioning on treadmills, exercise bicycles, free weights, and other exercise equipment
- Nutritional Counseling - Instruction on heart-healthy eating
- Behavior Modification Education - Counseling on personal stress management, medication management, smoking cessation, weight management, and other lifestyle modifications
- Group Support - Encouragement and motivation for patients and their family members
To be admitted to phase II of the program, a patient needs a referral from his/her primary care physician or cardiologist. A recent stress test is recommended for admission. Medicare and other insurance providers frequently cover 50 to 100 percent of the phase II program costs. Prior to starting you should verify coverage with your insurance. Our staff can help if there are questions or concerns.
For the recovering heart patient and for any person who is committed to a healthy lifestyle, cardiovascular fitness becomes a lifelong pursuit. For that reason, graduates of phase II cardiac rehabilitation may choose to enroll in the third phase of cardiac rehabilitation, our outpatient maintenance program
During maintenance, patients continue their recovery progress in a secure, familiar environment, while making the transition from monitored exercise to unmonitored, independent exercise. They also benefit from ongoing group interaction and support. Patients may continue in the maintenance program for as long as they wish to participate. Maintenance participants pay program fees out-of-pocket on a monthly basis.
Taking the First Step
Whether you’re a patient, the family member of someone with a heart problem, or simply a person who is concerned about cardiopulmonary fitness, our staff of skilled cardiac care professionals are glad to answer your questions about heart health or our program’s comprehensive services.
To learn more about our safe, effective and patient-centered approach to outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, or to take a tour of our center, call us at (513) 420-5258.
Many patients welcome the support of a loved one during cardiac rehabilitation. Spouses can benefit from learning how to live a heart healthy lifestyle, too. Please check with the center about education class sizes and availability.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is located in the Cardiac Care Center on the second floor of the Professional Building at Atrium Medical Center. Free, designated parking is located in Lot C.
Recognized Quality Care
Atrium’s cardiac rehabilitation program is staffed by registered nurses, a registered dietitian, and an athletic trainer. Our cardiac rehabilitation has been recognized and certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Our three-phase program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families. The AACVPR program certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the AACVPR and other professional societies. With certification, Atrium Medical Center’s program is recognized as a leader in the field of cardiovascular rehabilitation.
Learn more about Atrium Medical Center's awards and recognition.
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Content Updated: April 14, 2015