Cardiac Rehabilitation

People ExercisingThe cardiac rehabilitation program is a safe way to bounce back after a heart attack, open-heart surgery or balloon angioplasty, as well as those who have heart disease risk factors.

The cardiac rehab program combines exercise, education and support to help you restore and maintain your physical, psychological and vocational well-being.

Exercise

A personalized exercise program is created for each patient. Patients exercise under the watchful eye of staff with ECG and blood pressure monitoring when they first enter the program. As strength, endurance and range-of-motion improves, patients move on to the next phase of the program, which takes place in the heart & vascular gym at Genesis-Bethesda Hospital. You can enter through the Physicians Pavilion. 

Education

Understanding heart disorders, their causes and their after-effects are the focus of cardiac rehab education. Dietitians, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, behavioral health counselors and registered nurses help patients understand heart disease, its risk factors, and what they can do to change their risks.

Encouragement & Support

Another goal of the cardiac rehab program is to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Group sessions are an opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, challenges and victories and gain support through others who know how you feel.

Getting Started

The program starts with a two-hour orientation held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information on getting started, call us at (740) 454-4336; or 800-322-4762, ext. 4336.

Insurance Coverage

The initial phase of cardiac rehab is partially covered by Medicare if you've had a heart attack, open-heart surgery, valve repair or replacement stable angina, or balloon angioplasty.

Most commercial insurances cover the initial phase, but we strongly recommend you call your insurance company to determine your coverage and co-pay.

A physician referral is required for admission to the program and each patient undergoes an evaluation to determine which phase of rehab is most appropriate as a starting point.