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Cardiac Rehabilitation – CentraCare Health

Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab) teaches you how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. Cardiac Rehab can help you feel better and reduce your risk of future heart problems.

In Cardiac Rehab, you work with a team of health professionals. Often the team includes a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physical therapist. The team designs a program just for you, based on your health and goals. Then they give you support to help you succeed.

If you have a heart problem or had surgery, you may be afraid to exercise. Or if you have never exercised, you may not know how to get started. Your Cardiac Rehab team will help you start slowly and work up to a level that is good for your heart.

Why choose CentraCare Health for your Cardiac Rehab?

For your convenience, we offer full service programs in multiple locations:

  • Long Prairie
  • Melrose
  • Paynesville
  • Sauk Centre
  • St. Cloud

The programs focus on lifestyle change, diet, exercise, weight management and education. They are tailored to meet your needs.

Are you eligible for Cardiac Rehab?

You may be eligible if you have/had:

  • Current stable angina
  • Heart attack within the last 12 months
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary angioplasty and/or stent
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Other conditions (heart failure) that meet certain conditions

A provider’s referral is needed to take part in the programs. Check with your health plan about coverage for our services. All policies are different.

What happens in Cardiac Rehab?

You will learn how to:

  • Manage your heart problem and other conditions you may have such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Exercise safely.
  • Take medicine correctly and safely.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  • Lose weight.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Reduce stress and depression.
  • Get back to work sooner and safely.

Exercise is a big part of Cardiac Rehab. So before you get started, you will have a full checkup, which may include tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and a "stress test" (exercise electrocardiogram). These tests show how well your heart is working. They will help your team design an exercise program that is safe for you.

At first your rehab team will keep a close watch on how exercise affects your heart. As you get stronger, you will learn how to check your own heart rate when you exercise. By the end of rehab, you will be ready to continue an exercise program on your own.

Changing old habits is hard. But in Cardiac Rehab, you get the support of experts who can help you make new healthy habits. And meeting other people who are in Cardiac Rehab can help you know that you're not alone.

What are the benefits of Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab also may help you to:

  • Have better overall health and a better quality of life.
  • Lower your risk for a heart attack or dying from heart disease.
  • Recover well after surgery.
  • Manage your symptoms.
  • Feel more hopeful and less depressed, stressed, or worried.
  • Have more energy and return to your usual activities.

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Based on your answers, you can determine if you are:

  • High Risk (Score 1-3) - Strongly consider taking steps to improve your lifestyle choices. We encourage you to make an appointment with your provider.
  • Medium Risk (Score 4-7) - You're making some good choices. Find ways to make more. We can help! Experts in our cardiac wellness program can work with you one-to-one to help you lower your risk of heart disease. Learn more
  • Low Risk (Score 8-10) - You're doing well, but keep an eye out for adjustments to strengthen your position. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get monthly tips for improving your heart health.