Cardiac Rehabilitation is a three-phase program, ordered by a physician, designed to help men and women with cardiovascular disease improve their quality of life. The staff includes registered nurses and certified exercise specialists.
Phase I: Begins during hospitalization. Daily exercise is performed with a member of the cardiac rehab staff. Cardiac education, home activity, and exercise guidelines are given and discussed with the patient and family.
Phase II: Begins in an outpatient setting. It is a program for people who have had a cardiac procedure or event. During these sessions, heart rhythms are continuously monitored and blood pressures are measured before, during, and after each exercise session. Education classes are provided weekly.
For the convenience of our many patients in North Central Iowa, Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is offered at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa as well as its eight affiliated hospitals.
You can benefit from cardiac rehab if you:
- Have stable angina
- Have had a heart attack
- Have had bypass/valve surgery or a balloon catheter (PTCA)
- Have had stent placement
- Have had athrectomy
- Have had a heart transplant.
Your physician will sign a doctor's order for you to participate. The cardiac rehab staff contacts you to schedule your initial appointment. The sessions are approximately one hour long, meeting either two or three days per week. The program usually lasts for 6-8 weeks, depending on each individual's activity level.
Education classes meet one to two times a week either before or after exercise sessions. Classes that are provided to help reinforce lifestyle changes include: risk factors, stress management, diet/nutrition and exercise.
Insurance Coverage and Billing
All services of the Mercy Heart Center, including Cardiac Rehabilitation, are provided by Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. All Cardiac Rehabilitation and Mercy Heart Center services will be billed by Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa. Medicare and most major medical insurance carriers will pay a portion of the cost. Each individual should contact his or her insurance company to determine coverage.