At Bon Secours Maryview, our Cardiac Rehabilitation program staff assists your recovery after a heart attack, cardiac bypass surgery, angioplasty, angina, or vascular disease. The Maryview Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to strengthen the whole person by supporting a patient’s physical, emotional, and nutritional needs. Together our team can speed recovery and reduce the chance of recurrence through a system of progressive exercise and education.
By increasing both the fitness of your cardiovascular system and the strength and flexibility of your body, rehab experts help you return to work and normal routine as quickly as possible. Our care team is composed of two Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified nurses, an exercise physiologist, and a dietitian. Together they use their expertise to plan a comprehensive exercise program to help speed your recovery. The program also helps to educate you and your family about your medical condition to help with any lifestyle changes that may become necessary.
Maryview’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is broken up into three phases, each individually designed to accommodate your condition and circumstances:
- Inpatient Cardiac Rehab
This step begins in the hospital as soon as your cardiac event is stabilized. At first we work to introduce a low level exercise and activity progression, and provide educational information about heart disease risk factors and recovery.
- Outpatient Cardiac Rehab
After discharge from the hospital in outpatient rehab our team prepares each patient’s program of exercise and flexibility training individually, based on exercise stress test results and your physician’s recommendations.
Our expert staff schedules hour long sessions two to three times a week for six to twelve weeks, depending on the need. During exercise, the team monitors heart and blood pressure continuously. Patients are also encouraged to participate in group and individual educational sessions on diet, nutrition, stress management and exercise safety. Because the exercise and education is more structured at this stage, we encourage your family members to get involved.
Once a patient completes outpatient rehabilitation, the Heart and Vascular Institute encourages patients to continue regular exercise to maintain a health-healthy way of life. A regularly scheduled maintenance exercise program is available two to three times a week at Maryview. This program is also open to those without a history of heart disease but who are overweight, have high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, or a family history of heart disease.
Beyond the final maintenance program, the Maryview Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps patients continue towards total recovery with several outreach programs. Please call us to learn more about our Mended Hearts support group and the Hearty Hikers supervised walking club.
How do I enter Maryview’s Cardiac Rehab program?
Admission into any of the three phases of Maryview’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program requires a referral from your physician. Shortly after admission, the program will also require applicants to take an exercise stress test that can be scheduled through the Cardiac Rehabilitation department. During your time in the program, our team will send your physician progress reports on a regular basis and consult immediately regarding any medical concerns.
Is it covered by insurance?
Cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most insurance carriers if the patient has one of the approved diagnoses, which include myocardial infarctions, coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repairs or replacements, anginas, stent placement, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (or balloon angioplasty), and heart transplant.
Our rehab program can also work with patients if their physician recommends rehab, but they do not have an approved diagnosis or insurance coverage. The final phase, maintenance, is not covered by insurance, but we make every effort to keep costs affordable.
For more information on Maryview’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please call our rehabilitation team at (757) 398-2591.