Frequently Asked Questions
What is cardiac rehabilitation?Cardiac rehabilitation teaches you how to be more physically 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.
Who is recommended for cardiac rehabilitation? Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended for patients who have:
- Suffered a heart attack
- Undergone interventional procedures like angioplasty, coronary stents or coronary bypass surgery
- Have a diagnosis of congestive heart failure
- Had heart valve surgery
- Had a heart transplant
- Been diagnosed with stable angina
How long is the cardiac rehabilitation program? The program generally runs three times a week, for twelve weeks.
Do I have to attend every session? Yes. To gain the most benefit from this program, it is crucial to attend all sessions. The program consists of three sessions per week for about 12 weeks.
What should I wear during cardiac rehabilitation? We suggest wearing clothing and shoes that will be comfortable.
Will my health insurance cover the cost of cardiac rehabilitation? Medicare and most health insurance companies provide benefits for cardiovascular rehabilitation. Please contact your medicare or health insurance provider for further information.
What lifestyle changes can I expect after I undergo cardiac rehabilitation? Patients who undergo multi-disciplinary cardiac rehabilitation have a 30-50 percent reduction in death from heart disease as compared to patients who do not undergo cardiovascular rehab. Their ability to live full, satisfying lives is also greatly enhanced.
Is the cardiac rehabilitation staff certified? UTMC's cardiac rehabilitation is staffed by professionals certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Who is included on the cardiac rehabilitation medical care team? Physicians, nurses, dieticians, and exercise physiologists.
Where is the cardiac rehabilitation performed? Cardiac rehabilitation takes place in the Morse Center, a 20,000 square foot fitness facility on the UTMC campus.