Cardiac Rehabilitation

AACVPR Certified Program logoUI Health Care's outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is tailored to help reduce your cardiovascular risk factors.

Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

Inpatient or Phase I Cardiac rehab takes place during your stay at the hospital. Low level activity will be completed to increase strength and endurance as well as decrease risk of complications after a cardiac event or procedure. Risk factor education and discharge preparation are also completed while in the hospital.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

Outpatient or Phase II Cardiac Rehab is a 12-week program with up to 36 sessions. This program includes monitored exercise as well as educational classes. The goal of Phase II cardiac rehab is to help restore physical function, reduce risk of future cardiac events, and incorporate exercise and healthy choices into your daily routine.

We currently offer both in person and home-based cardiac rehab.

At our in-person facility, we will take a variety of measurements at each session, such as:

  • Weight
  • Blood pressure throughout your exercise session
  • Blood glucose, before and after exercise if you are diabetic
  • EKG and heart rate continuously

Our program allows for 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic training. The workload and duration of the training will increase throughout the program as you are able.

As part of our home-based cardiac rehab, patients meet virtually with our cardiac rehab specialists. One-on-one sessions take place weekly for monitored exercise, weekly activity review, and education. Patients may also submit daily vitals and physical activity through MyChart Care Companion, an interactive mobile app.

Our program is tailored to each patient based on:

  • Individual goals
  • Physical abilities
  • Health condition
  • Physician recommendations

Many insurance companies pay for some, most, or all of the program. Please contact your medical insurance provider with any questions or to request information regarding coverage and copays.

Qualifications to Participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation

You can participate in our program if you any of these referable diagnoses:

  • Heart attack
    • NSTEMI
    • STEMI
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
    • Stent
    • Angioplasty
    • Atherectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Valve repair
  • Valve replacement
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Heart failure (special criteria must be met)
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable angina

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

You can experience many personal gains by participating. These may include:

  • Increased cardiovascular endurance and strength
  • The ability to return to normal activities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased risk of future cardiac events
  • Weight and cholesterol management
  • Diabetes management (if applicable)

Services Offered Through the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

  • ECG-monitored exercise program (Phase II)
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Functional assessment and strength training
  • Smoking assessment and cessation counseling
  • Progressive, individualized monitored and home exercise plans (Phase II)
  • Maintenance (Phase III) and prevention programs
  • Educational classes

Cardiac Rehabilitation Educational Classes

Patients and family members are encouraged to attend and participate throughout the program. We offer education on stress, exercise, risk factor modification, and nutrition. Call to ask about our latest class topics and schedule.

Maintenance and Prevention Programs

The Maintenance and Prevention Program (Phase III) is for patients that have graduated from the Phase II program and want to continue utilizing our facility for regular exercise. Those at risk for heart disease or by physician recommendation may also participate. You may receive a functional assessment and exercise prescription. This can be in a one-time visit or you can sign up to utilize our facility for regular exercise. A physician order may be required to enroll in these programs.

These programs are self-pay, self-directed, and not monitored. They are available any time during clinic hours. Enrollees may utilize any equipment that is available.

Due to popular demand and limited availability, you may be asked to switch machines if necessary, during a Phase II exercise class.

Care Team

Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Internal Medicine