At the Rutland Heart Center, we make it easy to complete your cardiac recovery close to home. Our convenient outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides support, education and medically supervised exercise for patients who are recovering from a variety of cardiac treatments and conditions, including:
- Heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Heart valve replacement
- Stable angina
- Heart transplant
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to help you return to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. Our expert staff will customize a 6- to 12-week program to meet your specific needs and will provide you with information and assistance, including:
- Knowledge and information about your specific heart condition
- An understanding of your personal risk factors and how to reduce them
- Improved physical fitness and overall well-being
- Encouragement and emotional support
- Confidence in your ability to get and stay healthy
- Group education
- Individual counseling
- Stress management techniques
A physician referral is required in order for you to participate in our three-part Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and a stress test is required before you can participate in any exercise. The program includes:
Part 1: Pre-Program Evaluation
Before beginning our program, you will receive a complete evaluation that includes a stress test and a review with a cardiac nurse of your health history, cardiac risk factors, physical fitness level and knowledge of heart disease. You will be introduced to program staff and, if requested, meet with a social worker who can help you and your family adjust to the lifestyle changes required to effectively manage your heart condition.
Part 2: Education
You will attend weekly small-group educational classes to help you understand why heart disease occurs and how it can be treated and prevented. Our experienced staff members discuss topics including:
- High blood pressure
- Cholesterol management
- Medication side effects
- Diet and nutrition
- Stress management
Our staff will also allow time for discussion and questions.
Part 3: Exercise & Monitoring
Our staff will design an exercise program to meet your specific needs. After receiving training from our cardiac nurses on our exercise equipment, you will exercise as part of a small group for 90 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Exercise sessions begin with a warm-up followed by aerobic exercise on one or more of our machines, which include treadmills, rowing machines, bicycles, arm ergometers and hand weights. Our cardiac nurses will monitor your heart rate and rhythm throughout your exercise session, and a physician is always nearby in the event that a cardiac emergency occurs.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. We also accept uninsured patients but charge a fee for each exercise session.