Cardiac Rehabilitation

SSM Health cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) programs provide comprehensive care to individuals who have recently experienced some sort of cardiac event. This program was developed as a means for helping you heal and strengthen your heart through the structured use of exercise, education and counseling. By enrolling in this program you and your family will have access to many tools to help you on your road to recovery.

Our facilities feature state-of-the-art exercise and weight training equipment to help you regain your strength and fitness. Structured exercise programs will be designed to meet your lifestyle needs and exercise goals. Our professional cardiac rehab staff will monitor all exercise sessions to ensure your safety as you progress through the program.

Find an SSM Health location near you to learn more about the cardiac rehab services available in your area.

Staying Active After a Cardiac Event

The rehabilitation process started by your caregivers in the hospital must be continued after your discharge to ensure a full and healthy recovery. Inactivity is now your heart’s greatest enemy. Participating in a cardiac rehab program improves your physical fitness, minimizes cardiac symptoms and reduces the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.

This exercise and fitness program is ideal if you have had a serious cardiac condition, such as:

The Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

SSM Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program starts you on your path to wellness with a safe and personalized fitness program. All of our programs are supervised by registered nurses, respiratory therapists or exercise specialists. Our gradual, but progressive, program is divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Inpatient Rehabilitation

Phase 1 begins with the education you and your family receive in the hospital. We’ll take you through walking exercises your physician may prescribe during your stay.

Phase 2: Outpatient Rehabilitation

Upon discharge from the hospital, your physician may refer you to a cardiac rehab program to help manage your heart’s future health. We’ll develop a custom plan, based on the personalized exercise prescription written by our medical directors. Our rehabilitation programs combine supervised exercise and educational instruction in one-hour sessions, multiple times a week for up to 36 visits, depending on your medical benefits plan. While at our facilities, you will exercise in a safe environment, surrounded by others who have had similar health experiences.

Phase 3: Maintenance Rehabilitation

Phase 3 is an optional maintenance program available at select SSM Health locations.  This phase continues the heart healthy progress you’ve already achieved if you wish to continue exercising in a supervised setting.

Addressing Your Heart Disease Risk Factors

Throughout all phases of the program, consider the cardiac rehab staff as your personal trainers and educators. They will empower you with the knowledge, purpose and desire to rebuild your heart muscle, as well as your overall fitness within safe levels. They will also share valuable advice to reduce your risk factors for future cardiac events, helping you achieve goals such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management
  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Healthy eating

Benefits of Cardiopulmonary Rehab

The benefits of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation are clear. Patients typically:

  • Reduce their risk of future heart attack by 25%
  • Experience decreased chest pain, shortness of breath with activity and need for medications
  • Lose weight, increase energy and lower cholesterol
  • Improve stability, strength and mobility
  • Decrease the likelihood of heart failure

How to Enroll in Cardiac Rehab Services

Currently, only 10-20% of eligible cardiac rehab participants take advantage of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation - an exceptional, life-enhancing opportunity that is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

A physician's consent is required for the cardiac rehab program. Our staff will work with you and your physician to determine the most appropriate plan for your individual needs. To learn more, contact the SSM Health Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program nearest you.

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