Cardiac Rehabilitation

After a cardiac event, it’s natural to wonder if you’ll be able to return to the activities you enjoy. You may also worry about the possibility of a future attack.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a four-phased approach that will help you create a personalized plan to live an active, healthier lifestyle, reducing your risk of another event. If you are a patient of South Shore Hospital, your cardiac rehabilitation begins on an inpatient basis within two to five days of your cardiovascular event. 

Even if you didn’t receive care at South Shore Hospital, the outpatient phases of the program are open to you, with an order from your doctor.

Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This distinction means you can expect the highest standards of rehabilitative care every step of the way.
 

The outpatient phases of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program are open to individuals who have had:

  • Angina
  • Balloon angioplasty/stent
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Coronary bypass graft (CABG)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart attack
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Valve replacement (VR)
     

Throughout the program, our team will teach you how to improve your cardiovascular health. You’ll also learn how improving your diet and reducing stress can improve your long-term prognosis.

When you’re ready to return to begin or return to an exercise program, you will participate in structured exercise sessions, tailored to your specific needs by an exercise physiologist and updated at frequent intervals. A registered nurse and an exercise physiologist will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and heart rhythm before, during and after exercise. Our cardiac rehabilitation staff will also help you develop a home-exercise program to maintain your momentum.

You must obtain an order from a physician to participate in the program. If you haven’t already had a stress test, please contact your doctor and schedule one prior to admission. We’ll also ask you to request that your physician’s office forward medical records to the cardiac rehabilitation department.

Once we’ve received your order, we’ll schedule an admission appointment with a rehabilitation nurse to review your medical history, risk factors and goals. Together, you’ll agree on a start date for the program. Participation in all cardiac rehabilitation components is strongly recommended.
 

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is either fully or partially covered by many insurance providers. Contact your insurance provider to learn how many sessions are covered, and what percentage of each is covered. You’re also responsible for validating your insurance coverage for cardiac rehabilitation, and should document who provided you with this information in case further questions need to be clarified.

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