Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at BayCare

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised exercise and education program to help with recovery after a cardiac event. The program is designed to help you regain stamina and strength, improve activity level, reduce the risk of future cardiac events, decrease pain and shortness of breath, and lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease. Upon completion of a heart-monitored exercise program, a maintenance program is available for you to continue your exercise regimen and promote long-term lifestyle changes.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehabilitation?

It is highly recommended for those who have experienced any of the following cardiac events or procedures:

  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Heart attack (MI)
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable angina
  • Stents
  • Valve repair/replacement

About Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Staffed by health care professionals which may include doctors, registered nurses and exercise physiologists
  • Heart rhythms are monitored while participants exercise.
  • The program is personalized to meet each individual’s needs.
  • Classes are led by a health care team and address topics including nutrition, medication, stress assessment and risk factors of heart disease.

How Do I Enroll in Cardiac Rehabilitation?

The cardiac rehabilitation program requires a prescription from your doctor and is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Cardiac rehabilitation is a national clinical guideline for secondary prevention and recommended by the American Heart Association. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation. The following BayCare hospitals have cardiac rehabilitation programs: