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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Heart Health Support

If you have a heart problem, you might have been told to make lifestyle changes. But, where do you start? You may be afraid to exercise. Or, you may think you can no longer eat foods you love.

That’s where Cardiac Rehabilitation can help! Our team will learn more about you and then provide suggestions to help you meet your goals and reduce your risk of future heart problems.

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Why choose us?

The cardiac rehabilitation teams at CentraCare will provide the support and education you need as you commit to a new, healthier lifestyle. The cardiac rehab team consists of experts in the fields of exercise, medicine, nutrition and mental health. Together, they will monitor progress and help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

CentraCare offers Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR), a comprehensive cardiac rehab program which includes the following:

  • Medically supervised exercise tailored to your current fitness level
  • Pritikin-exclusive workshops and cooking classes
  • Education focused on three key pillars: regular exercise, heart-healthy eating and healthy mindset

As part of the ICR Program, all patients have an opportunity to meet 1:1 with a registered dietitian. The education program consists of four nutrition workshops and 11 cooking demos led by dietitians. Try some of these heart-healthy recipes.

The St. Cloud location is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Are you a good fit for cardiac rehab?

  • Heart attack (within the last 12 months)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Current stable angina (chest pain)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary artery angioplasty or stents
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Stable chronic heart failure (must meet specific criteria)

Talk to your doctor if you feel you fit the criteria above.

What is the cost?

Outpatient cardiac rehab (phase II) is largely covered by health insurance. Check with your health plan.

Cardiac Rehab locations:

Please contact the listed phone numbers to learn more.

  • CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital: 320-255-5892
  • CentraCare – Long Prairie Hospital: 320-732-7231
  • CentraCare – Melrose: 320-256-4231, ext. 24093
  • CentraCare – Paynesville: 320-243-7780
  • CentraCare – Sauk Centre: 320-351-1704
  • Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital: 320-231-4175
  • Carris Health – Redwood Hospital: 507-637-4515
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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