Cardiac Rehabilitation

Specialists in Cardiac Rehab Exercise and Education in Minnesota

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.

Six of our CentraCare locations offer Pritkin 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 classes
  • Education focused on three pillars: regular exercise, a healthy mindset and heart-healthy eating

The education program consists of:

  • A medication class led by a pharmacist
  • An exercise class led by an exercise physiologist
  • Healthy mindset classes led by a behavioral health specialist
  • Nutrition workshops and cooking demos led by dietitians. As part of Pritikin ICR, all patients have an opportunity to meet 1:1 with a registered dietitian. Try some of these heart-healthy recipes.

The St. Cloud and Willmar locations are 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.

What it's like to receive care at CentraCare Cardiac Rehab

"As a result of CentraCare Cardiac Rehab, I have better and wiser eating habits."
- Scott C.

"After having another stent placed, I was afraid of physical exertion. CentraCare Cardiac Rehab helped me overcome this fear and I feel more confident in getting a good cardio workout."
- Ben S.

"The cooking classes were my favorite part of the cardiac rehab. I learned that it isn't as difficult as it can seem to cook healthy meals."
- Gregory S.

"I enjoyed the cardiac rehab classes. When discussing class topics, I learned I wasn't the only one feeling the way I did."
- Vicki H.

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