Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation

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What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Following Open Heart Surgery or a Heart Attack, patients may need help in getting back to the lifestyle they once enjoyed. Fatigue, fear and post-operative pain often slow down the healing process. That's where Cardiac Rehab comes in.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a healthcare service that helps patients with heart disease lead more productive and enjoyable lives. The nurses who make up the cardiac rehabilitation team guide people toward this goal by providing education, nutrition counseling and supervised exercise.

Who Can Participate?

The cardiac rehabilitation program is designed for patients who are:

  • Recovering from a heart attack
  • Recovering from a coronary bypass surgery or valve replacement surgery
  • Have had angioplasty or stent placement
  • Have stable chest pain
  • Are at high risk of heart disease

Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help?

Studies have shown that cardiac rehabilitation programs offer substantial benefits to people with heart disease. Therefore, if you fit into one of the categories mentioned, our program may help you:

  • Recover faster
  • Increase endurance for activity
  • Decrease heart rate and blood pressure
  • Reduce body fat
  • Improve overall muscle tone
  • Improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Improve knowledge of heart disease
  • Increase energy and zest for living

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Three Phases

The cardiac rehabilitation program at North Florida Regional Medical Center is divided into three phases. Depending on your recovery time, you may be able to begin cardiac rehabilitation while still in the hospital, or you may attend our outpatient program.

Phase I

Phase I takes place while you are in the hospital recovering from a heart attack or other heart condition that your physician feels would benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.

During the recovery period, a cardiac rehabilitation staff member will visit you in your room and explain the benefits of the inpatient and outpatient programs. Throughout your recovery, we will help you gradually and safely resume physical activity. It is important to begin this process as early as possible so that you can recover your strength. Before you leave the hospital, we will give you educational materials on your condition and options for continued cardiac rehabilitation in Phases II and III.

Phase II

The second phase may begin as early as two weeks after you have been discharged from the hospital. This may continue for 12 weeks and consists of:

Three supervised EKG monitored exercise sessions per week

Various activities that include treadmill walking, stationary bicycle riding, arm cycling, rowing and strength training

Educational instruction on nutrition, stress management and other factors that may contribute to heart disease

With your physician's approval, you may begin Phase III at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center following Phase II.

Phase III

The third phase of the cardiac rehabilitation is a continuation of supervised exercise aimed at maintaining consistent, healthy lifestyle habits. You may attend a weekly session at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center where you are monitored during your exercise session.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance carriers reimburse cardiac rehabilitation. The amount of coverage depends on your insurance company and policy. Contact your insurance company to inquire about coverage. For more information about cardiac rehab call (352) 333-4710.

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