Cardiac Rehab to Improve Heart Health

Ascension cardiac rehabilitation is a highly personalized program, so you strengthen your heart muscle after surgery or a heart attack.

Cardiac Rehab to Improve Heart Health

Your treatment plan is designed to evaluate and treat your heart condition through monitored exercise, nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle education. Cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the need for heart medications and decrease your chances for another cardiac event.

Cardiac rehab involves adopting heart-healthy lifestyle changes to address risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Inpatient and outpatient programs focus on:

  • Exercise training
  • Education on heart-healthy living
  • Counseling to reduce stress
  • Assistance as you resume normal activities

Beginning Inpatient Cardiac Rehab (Phase I)

Cardiac rehab begins in the hospital soon after your cardiac event. The Ascension inpatient team of nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, and other healthcare team members collaborate with your doctor. Your personalized treatment program addresses restoring function and mobility as you recover.

A cardiac rehabilitation program benefits a wide range of heart conditions including:

  • Bypass surgery (open heart surgery)
  • Heart attack
  • Stents
  • Valve surgery or replacement
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart failure
  • Stable angina
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Healing with Outpatient Cardiac Rehab (Phase II)

After being discharged from the hospital, cardiac rehab continues as a medically supervised program at an outpatient clinic. Your Ascension care team designs your program focusing on mind, body, and spiritual wellness. Your team may include doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and mental health specialists.

  • Exercise training strengthens your heart muscle. You learn how to exercise effectively and safely to promote heart health and to return to a satisfying level of daily living.
  • Through education sessions, you learn about heart and stroke risk factors and how to better manage your lifestyle to reduce the risk of future heart problems.
  • With counseling and stress management we provide emotional support which is vital for recovery. Our heart care team focuses on improving your confidence by giving you tools to improve overall health and well-being.

The Ascension Wisconsin Cardiac Rehabilitation programs off consistent services. We show you how to manage potential risk factors, such as:

  • Diabetes-related symptoms
  • Inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Nutrition
  • Overweight
  • Smoking
  • Stress and depression

Improve your overall quality of life. Learn more at an Ascension Wisconsin Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.