Our Cardiac and Vascular Rehabilitation programs offer a supportive, supervised environment to help you begin a life-long habit of physical activity. That’s the key to keeping your cardiovascular system healthy and lowering your risk of cardiac and vascular problems.
And if you’ve had a heart attack or surgery, exercise helps you recover faster, get stronger, and return to a full, productive life. You’ll also lower your risk of future health problems with a regular exercise program after your recovery.
Our rehabilitation staff shows you how to exercise, based on your ability and needs. We help you improve your cardiovascular fitness as you move through the program, and achieve positive lifestyle changes. Throughout your rehabilitation, our staff monitors your progress and remains in close contact with your doctor.
You’ll get an added benefit from our Cardiac and Vascular Rehabilitation programs - encouragement from other participants. Our personalized, supportive environment also helps motivate you to make positive changes in your lifestyle…the changes you need.
As a participant you will be able to:
- Understand your condition and what you can do to reduce your risk of future health problems
- Recognize signs and symptoms of heart disease
- Develop an exercise program that is effective and safe
- Improve your heart and lung capacity, strengthen your muscles, and improve your stamina
- Adopt positive lifestyle changes to improve the quality of your life
- Increase your self-confidence and well-being
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
This program is designed for people who have had a heart attack or open heart surgery. It is also for people who want to decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease.
This program can help you learn about your condition, develop a heart-healthy exercise routine, adjust to a new lifestyle, return to a productive life, and cope with future health concerns.
Our structured learning program includes:
- Supervised exercise sessions tailored to your abilities and needs
- Exercise physiologists who monitor your vital signs, symptoms, and exercise responses and communicate your progress to your referring physician
- Educational presentations on lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of future health problems
- Support groups, including stop-smoking programs, nutrition counseling, stress management classes, and more
Your doctor and an exercise physiologist team up to determine the initial phase of your cardiac rehabilitation, based on your medical history. Gradually, you’ll move into a more intensive program that lets you work longer and harder. Throughout the program, our cardiac rehabilitation experts will monitor how your heart reacts and adapts to exercise.
If you’ve been hospitalized with a heart problem, Phase I begins when you are still in the hospital. Our exercise physiologists and nursing staff will help you make the transition back home. We will talk with you and your family about home exercise and activities. We will also discuss your involvement in a Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program.
In Phase II, you will begin an outpatient exercise program with three, one-hour sessions per week for two to three months. An exercise physiologist will determine your exercise rate and will lead you through the class. We will monitor your electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood pressure as you exercise on various pieces of equipment.
We will also design a home exercise program to encourage you to maintain your new cardiovascular fitness and lower your risk of future health problems.
Phase III offers you the opportunity to maintain your fitness level in a supervised setting. We offer an open-gym setting five days a week. Our staff will assist you in monitoring your pulse and blood pressure while you take a more active role in determining your exercise levels.
Vascular Rehabilitation Program
This program is designed for people diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is the narrowing of the leg arteries due to a build up of plaque. With everyday activity, PAD can cause muscle cramping or leg pain.
Exercise is an important part of our Vascular Rehabilitation program. With regular activity, you can walk farther without pain.
We have designed this program with you in mind, helping you set and reach your goals.
Program components include:
- Medical supervision
- Social support
- Instructions and education on proper exercise techniques
- Exercise program
- Risk factor modification
- Foot care
Enrolling in the programs
To get the benefit of our Cardiac or Vascular Rehabilitation programs, you’ll need a referral from your doctor. Then call one of the following numbers to register:
Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Cardiac and Vascular Rehabilitation
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of Phase II cardiac rehabilitation. Please contact your health plan to confirm your coverage.