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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation services at Iowa Lutheran, Iowa Methodist, and Methodist West are designed to help patients return to their optimum level of health. The cardiac rehabilitation staff works along side physicians to help patients with heart disease recover faster and feel better.

Who should participate in cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation can benefit patients who:

  • Have been diagnosed with heart disease, heart failure, angina (chest pain) or a heart attack
  • Have had coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Have had a coronary intervention like PTCA (balloon) or stent
  • Have a strong family history or risk factors for developing heart disease

What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?

  • Reduce the risk of future heart problems
  • Live a longer, healthier and more productive life
  • Gain strength and confidence following a heart event
  • Professional guidance to develop an appropriate exercise plan

How does cardiac rehabilitation work?

Cardiac rehabilitation consists of two major components:

  • Exercise training teaches the patient how to exercise safely while strengthening muscles and improving stamina. All exercise plans are individually formulated, based on physical ability, activity level prior to the heart event, vocational and recreational needs and interests.
  • Education (both one-on-one and group), counseling and training help patients better understand their heart condition and learn ways to reduce the risk of future problems. Patients also learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with fears about the future.

Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation:

  • Inpatient (Phase 1) - Occurs during the hospital stay and includes education, low-level exercise and preparation for discharge.
  • Outpatient (Phase 2) - Begins shortly after hospital discharge. Includes extensive, individualized education, supervised and monitored exercise and risk factor / lifestyle counseling.
  • Maintenance (Phase 3/4) - An option for patients "at risk" for heart disease or after completion of Phase 2, this phase offers exercise in a supervised, group setting.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

A comprehensive rehabilitation program is developed by health professionals from several disciplines working together. Team members are truly "experts" in their field and provide accurate and current health information and guidance to program participants.

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Exercise Specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychology and Counseling Professionals