Patients who have had a recent heart attack, coronary artery angioplasty or stents, open heart surgery such as coronary artery bypass graft or heart valve surgery, heart transplant, stable angina and heart failure are cared for in Cardiac Rehabilitation. It includes both cardiac monitored exercise and educational components.
The program is ordered by your health care provider and generally covered by insurance to include three sessions per week for up to 36 sessions in our cardiac rehab department. The goals of the program are to:
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (RCEP) and a Registered Nurse (RN) work closely with each patient to develop an individualized exercise program based on his/her abilities. During each session your heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, and overall responses to exercise are monitored carefully to allow a safe and gradual progression. Exercise can help to reduce resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, body fat, and stress, while increasing the capacity for physical activity. Throughout the course of cardiac rehab, educational components are taught to aid patients in understanding their heart disease and risk factor modification. Topics include anatomy/physiology of the heart, exercise principles, diet modification through a nutrition class, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, stress reduction, and smoking cessation support. Family members are welcome to attend as group support and encouragement will reinforce the commitment to a heart healthy lifestyle. Appointments are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Success in cardiac rehab is based on the individual’s level of participation. From a clinical standpoint, individuals who regularly participate are likely to have a better quality of life and long-term outcome following heart disease.
Your health insurance company will often cover a large portion of the cost for cardiac rehabilitation. We recommend you check with your carrier to verify coverage. If it is not a covered benefit, we can help you to pursue other resources that may be available to you.
Heart & Sole™ is a medically supervised exercise and education program available at Tomah Memorial Hospital to anyone who has known heart disease or is at high risk for developing heart disease based on a risk factor profile. Our Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists and Registered Nurse (RN) create an exercise program that is tailored to each participant's needs. Staff monitors heart rate and blood pressures on monthly basis and more frequently prior to Health care provider appointments, and provide exercise instruction through the use of state-of-the-art equipment such as treadmills, elliptical, total body recumbent steppers, upright bike, arm ergometer, hand weights, resistance balls and a BOSU trainer. Participants choose a one-hour time slot Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a monthly fee involved, which is not typically covered by insurance. We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.
For more information, contact Cardiac Rehab Coordinator Shana Steele, MS, RCEP, CCRP, CES, CSCS at (608) 374-0358.