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Cardiac Rehabilitation 

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality Our St. Mary's cardiac rehabilitation provides personal care to help patients make lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier heart. We offer Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and PAD programs.

The program provides ongoing education and support during the initial phases of recovery from:
  • A heart attack
  • Open heart surgery such as coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Angina
  • Heart failure/cardiomyopathy
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Heart transplantation

Phase 1 - Inpatient

Phase 1 cardiac rehabilitation takes place in the hospital right after you have had a heart attack, heart surgery, or other major event. During Phase 1, your cardiac team will:

  • Select which daily activities, such as lifting, baking, dressing, and bathing, you can do safely
  • Provide patient and family education about the lifestyle changes that you will need to make, such as eating healthy foods and quitting smoking
  • Measure what level or type of exercise is best for you

Phase 2 - Outpatient

Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation takes place in our Center for Wellness after you are discharged from the hospital. Phase 2 cardiac rehabiliation sessions include:

  • A health exam
  • EKG monitoring while you exercise
  • Education about life-style changes
  • Classes on how to help your heart stay healthy
  • Support for you and your family
Your team will help you work toward your goals - whether it is a certain amount of exercise each day, weight loss, returning to work, or any other goal you have. In addition, you can expect to work on the list of goals below during Phase 2:
  • Improve your exercise level to prepare for your return to work or volunteering
  • Improve your self-confidence level
  • Shorten your recovery period
  • Help you better understand your cardiac risk factors
  • Help you select healthy lifestyle choices

Phase 3 - Maintenance

Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation is for those who have completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 and have stable heart disease. Phase 3 offers an exercise program for those who are interested in continuing to exercise in a supervised setting. Spouses are encouraged to participate as well! Patients who have not completed Phase 2 may still attend with a doctor's order provided they have heart risk factors and would benefit from exercising in a controlled environment. Your personal needs and hobbies are looked at when making your exercise plan. You will learn how to monitor your exercise and be responsible for a healthy lifestyle.

Each month, patients meet one on one with a health care provider who oversees your exercise program, your goals and EKG.

Often, this program is not covered by insurance and is paid for by the patient as an out-of-pocket cost.

PAD Program - Peripheral Artery Disease

The PAD program is designed for people with artery disease in the lower legs where daily activities, such as walking, can be challenging.

Participants learn exercises designed to reduce pain while in a safe environment where health care professionals are on hand to assist. In addition, the program provides education on changes needed to reduce risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, smoking, diabetes, inactivity, and obesity (being overweight).

Check with your insurance provider to see if this program is covered.

Who are we?

Our cardiac rehabilitation team consists of a medical director, Dr. Jane Pearson, clinical exercise physiologists, a registered nurse, a dietitian, and other related health professionals.

What to Expect

At St. Mary’s cardiac rehabilitation, we will:

  • Assess your personal risk factors for heart disease and blood vessel disease
  • Monitor your personalized exercise program
  • Help you monitor your blood pressure, lipids/cholesterol, and diabetes for better control
  • Provide emotional and stress assessments and counseling
  • Provide education and support to help you with healthy lifestyle changes such as:
  • Weight control
    • Healthy eating following the Mediterranean Diet
    • Avoid tobacco and environmental smoke
    • Reduce stress and depression
  • Improve communication with your doctor and other health care providers about your progress following your cardiac event
  • Provide opportunities to meet and share stories with other patients like you
The cardiac rehabilitation team will design an exercise program for you based upon your health and goals. Our team will provide the support and monitoring you need to succeed. At first, your rehab team will monitor you closely to watch how exercise affects your heart. By the end of rehab, you will be ready to continue your exercise program on your own without the monitoring of our staff. Education is a major part of the program and enrollees and their families will have many written tools to help them recover, both physically and mentally.

Our staff oversees over 4,000 patients each year in our Phase 1 and Phase 2 programs. The program is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and offers Phase 1 for inpatients, Phase 2 for outpatients, Phase 3 for maintenance members, cardiac risk factor education, and PAD exercise programs. We share the mission of AACVPR by reducing mortality and disability from heart disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and disease management.

Recent scientific studies have shown that people who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program can increase their life expectancy by up to five years!

What is the Cost of the Program?

Medicare will pay for cardiac rehab for people with certain health problems. Many insurance companies also provide coverage. Check with your insurance company or call the St. Mary’s cardiac rehabilitation staff at 608.258.6231 to see if you will be covered.

How Do I Sign Up in the Program?

A doctor referral or order is needed for you to come to the Phase 2 program. Check with your doctor if you think this program will help you.

Where Are We?

The Cardiac Rehabilitation center is located in the Center for Wellness on Level A at St. Mary’s Hospital (700 S. Park St, Madison, WI 53715) and features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a walking track and weight-training equipment.









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