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North Florida Regional Medical Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Heart & Vascular Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Heart & Vascular Center of North Florida Regional Cardiac Rehabiliation staff members include registered nurses and other clinical providers who have training and experience in treating patients with cardiovascular disease. They are proud to be part of The Heart & Vascular Center at North Florida Regional Healthcare.

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For patients with heart disease, vital help in getting back to the lifestyle you once enjoyed comes from the experts in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Patients in our program include those who have had surgery or other procedures and those who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition but have not had a surgical or interventional procedure. In either case, Cardiac Rehabilitation uses education, nutrition counseling and carefully supervised exercise to help patients get back to productive and enjoyable lives.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Heart & Vascular Center of North Florida Regional is designed for the following patients:

Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Heart & Vascular Center of North Florida Regional

  • Recovering from a heart attack
  • Recovering from coronary bypass or valve replacement surgery
  • Following interventional cardiac procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement
  • Experiencing stable chest pain
  • At high risk of heart disease
  • Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure

Studies show that programs like the one at North Florida Regional offer substantial benefits to people with heart disease. Many of our patients experience the following:

  • Faster recovery
  • Increased exercise endurance
  • Decreased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Reduced body fat, improved muscle tone
  • Enhanced knowledge of heart disease
  • Increased energy and zest for living

Cardiac Rehabilitation for patients of The Heart & Vascular Center at North Florida Regional is divided into three phases. Many patients begin the program while still hospitalized and continue as outpatients. Others simply attend our outpatient program.

Phase One

Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Heart & Vascular Center of North Florida Regional

This phase takes places while you are in the hospital recovery from a heart attack or other condition your doctor feels would benefit from cardiac rehab. During the recovery period, a cardiac rehabilitation staff member visits you in your room and explains the benefits of both 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 to recover your strength. The rehab process may include low intensity exercise to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and exercise tolerance. Before you leave the hospital, we will provide educational materials about your condition and options for continued rehabilitation in Phases Two and Three.

Phase Two

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 the following:

  • 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
  • Development of a personal exercise program

With your physician’s approval, you may begin Phase Three following Phase Two.

Phase Three

The third phase of Cardiac Rehabilitation is a continuation of supervised exercise aimed at maintaining consistent, healthy lifestyle habits. Weekly sessions are available Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Additional sessions are available upon request.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance carriers reimburse cardiac rehabilitation for Phase Two. The amount of coverage depends on your insurance company and policy. Phase Three patients can purchase a heart card that entitles them to eight visits. Often, this is not covered by insurance plans. Please check with your insurance provider about your benefits. For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation, please call us at (352) 333-4710.