Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

A consistent program of heart-healthy exercise and lifestyle modification is the key to successful cardiac rehabilitation. St. John’s Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) provides progressive phases of exercise under medical supervision and education for cardiac patients.

Our program is designed to provide a safe and monitored exercise environment to enhance the recovery process. Patients exercise with ECG monitoring as prescribed by their physician and as their condition warrants. Exercise programs are specifically designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and goals. The cardiac rehabilitation staff is Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certified and the clinic is fully equipped to handle emergency situations. Individualized education to modify risk factors is provided by health educators, nurses, physical therapists and other health care providers.

Who should participate in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Patients with a diagnosis of myocardial infarction (“heart attack”), cardiac surgical procedures or stable angina may benefit from participation in cardiac rehabilitation. A physician referral is necessary, so please discuss the program, with your doctor.

How does the program work?

Our cardiac rehabilitation program consists of three important elements.

• Cardiovascular exercise
• Resistance and flexibility training
• Group and/or individual education

Exercise is generally scheduled for three sessions per week for up to twelve weeks. Each session includes continuous 3-lead ECG monitoring during exercise as appropriate.

Cardiovascular exercise may include treadmill walking, bicycling and upper body cycling. Resistance training with free weights and weight machines increases functional capacity. Flexibility training is incorporated to improve posture and function.

Education provided is based on cardiac diagnosis, individual needs and personal risk factors.

Education may include:

• Heart anatomy and physiology
• Heart disease
• Nutrition
• Treatment options
• Emotional effects of heart disease
• Cardiac medications
• Effect of exercise on strengthening your heart
• Risk factor modification tailored to patient’s specific needs and questions
• Stress management

We also encourage our cardiac rehabilitation graduates to visit anytime to share their experience with our current patients.

How do I get into the Cardiac Rehabilitations Program?

Please visit with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation. Many insurance companies will cover this very important part of your recovery. You will need a doctor’s prescription for cardiac rehabilitation. Call 307-739-7628 for more information or to set up an appointment.