Cardiac Rehab

Mitchi wearing a blue shirt stands next to a treadmill

Cardiac rehabilitation is a one-on-one outpatient program that helps individuals improve their strength and quality of life after a heart attack, heart surgery, or another heart condition. The specialty-trained staff helps patients gain cardiovascular strength and endurance, adopt healthier lifestyle habits, and offer emotional support after a heart event. It can be a scary time, but you don’t have to do it alone.

You’ll partner with your doctor, cardiologists, nurses, nutritionists, and exercise physiologist to help you navigate your heart condition. Our cardiac rehab team will guide you in setting goals that meet your needs. These include regaining strength, maintaining a healthy weight, improving your quality of life, and adopting heart-healthy nutrition.

Cardiac rehab runs three days a week for approximately 45 minutes. During these visits, your care team will set up and follow a program to increase your cardiovascular strength at a pace you feel comfortable and safe with while being monitored.

Mitchi Lee has a BS in Exercise Science Rehabilitation specializing in cardio and pulmonary. She provides Cardiac Rehab, PAD Rehab, and Pulmonary Rehab at Glacial Ridge Health System.

Common conditions for cardiac rehab include:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Chest pain (Angina)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart transplant
  • Coronary angioplasty and stents
  • Heart valve repair or replacement

If you have had heart surgery, a heart attack, or have another underlying heart condition, please visit your primary care provider to discuss if a cardiac rehabilitation program would be a good fit for you. Cardiac rehab is often covered by insurance and Medicare, so we encourage you to check with your medical insurance company.

Some of the most valuable benefits gained from cardiac rehab are reducing your risk of future heart problems, gaining confidence, and improving your quality of life. To get the most from cardiac rehab, you’ll need to commit to adopting these lifestyle changes for the rest of your life. Cardiac rehabilitation is a team effort.


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