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Cardiac Rehabilitation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have heart surgery or a cardiac event, your cardiologist may recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program as part of your recovery. 

The Health System offers cardiac rehab at Be​​aver Dam, Eau Claire, Ladysmith, Marshfield, Minocqua​, Neillsville​, Rice Lake and Weston locations.

Cardiac rehab provides education and counseling services tailored to their individual patients' needs and abilities. The focus is to get you safely exercising for the rest of your life. A cardiac rehab program usually is 12 weeks long. During that time, you typically exercise three days each week for about an hour each day, in addition to meeting with a nutritionist. At the end of the program, you will have better overall fitness and have the tools to exercise safely on your own.

Most important, rehab can help reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Why do I need cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehab can improve your ability to carry out activities of daily living, reduce your heart disease risk factors, improve your quality of life and increase your knowledge of your heart condition and how to manage it.

Cardiac rehab provides benefits to patients who have experienced:

  • Heart attack
  • Chest pain/angina
  • Angioplasty or stent procedure
  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy

What is included in the program?

Programs may consist of:

  • Cardiovascular and strengthening exercise programs
  • Home exercise guidelines
  • Preparation for return to work and home activities
  • Classes designed to identify and reduce cardiac risk factors
  • Supervised exercise
  • Blood pressure and heart rate monitoring
  • Health screenings
  • Reports to your primary care provider or cardiologist

Learn more about cardiac rehab in this video. ​​

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What is cardiopulmonary rehabilit​ation?​

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Cardiopulmonary rehab is the combined term for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitations. Both are education and exercise programs tailored to patients with long-term lung or heart diseases or those recovering from a heart attack.​
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