Heart, lung and vascular care in Wisconsin
You're not alone in this. Our multispecialty care teams at Ascension Wisconsin hospitals deliver personalized care to help improve your heart, lung and vascular health, whether you're recovering from a recent procedure or are living with a chronic health condition.
Learn how to strengthen your cardiovascular and lung health
Our care team is here to help. We start by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create an individualized care plan that's right for you.
Cardiac, pulmonary and vascular rehabilitation locations:
- Ascension All Saints Hospital - Main Entrance - Spring Street Campus, Racine
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Milwaukee
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, Mequon
- Ascension NE Wisconsin - Mercy Campus, Oshkosh
- Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus, Appleton
- Ascension SE Wisconsin - Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
- Ascension St. Francis Hospital, Milwaukee
Rehabilitation for heart, lung and vascular conditions
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a cardiac, pulmonary or vascular rehabilitation program. Your care plan is based on your condition or recent surgery or procedure, such as:
- Bypass surgery
- Chronic asthma
- Chronic heart failure
- Coronary stent or angioplasty
- Heart attack
- Heart transplant or heart pump implantation
- Heart valve replacement or repair
- Peripheral artery disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Stable angina
Cardiac rehabilitation for your heart health
Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program. Whether you are recovering from a heart attack, other cardiovascular condition, or heart surgery, our care team offers a comprehensive recovery program.
We understand having a heart condition can be overwhelming. Your care team will help you manage your individual risk factors through diet, exercise and lifestyle coaching. We'll help you reach your goals for a healthier lifestyle. During your cardiac rehabilitation session, we monitor your heart and help you develop confidence as your heart gets stronger. Ascension Wisconsin hospitals offer this and more in a supportive, healing environment that caters to you and your family.
Frequently asked questions about cardiac rehabilitation
What do I do at cardiac rehabilitation?
Your session may include education, exercise, dietary counseling, and/or emotional support to help improve your heart health.
What are the phases of cardiac rehabilitation?
Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (Phase I) - Cardiac rehab begins shortly after your cardiac event. While in the hospital, your cardiologist and inpatient care team provide you with a personalized recovery care plan.
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (Phase II) - Your cardiac rehab continues after you are discharged from the hospital. Phase II is a medically supervised program that takes place at a hospital or clinic.
Some of our sites of care offer a continuation program, sometimes referred to as phase III or phase IV. These programs help you maintain a heart healthy lifestyle.
What does the cardiac rehabilitation program emphasize?
Cardiac rehabilitation emphasizes:
- Managing body weight
- Improving cholesterol levels
- Creating healthy lifestyle habits and managing stress
- Increasing self-confidence
- Reducing symptoms
- Preventing future cardiac events
- Returning to work and activities of daily living
- Strengthening and conditioning the heart and lungs
- Understanding medications
- Managing chronic heart conditions
Do I need a doctor's referral for cardiac rehabilitation?
Yes, a doctor's referral is required to participate in the cardiac rehabilitation program. Medicare Part B and other private health insurance plans provide a covered benefit for participating in cardiac rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation to improve lung health
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for those with lung disease who experience symptoms of breathlessness. Our care team will help you understand how to manage your symptoms, including feeling short of breath.
This medically supervised program is designed to help improve your symptoms of lung disease through a care plan personalized for your lung condition. Pulmonary rehabilitation may also be recommended when your lung health is affected by heart disease or other illness. Your pulmonary rehabilitation program may include:
- Diet and nutritional counseling
- Exercise training
- Inspiratory muscle training
- Medication management
- Recommended lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco products
Frequently asked questions about pulmonary rehabilitation
What do I do at pulmonary rehabilitation?
Your session may include education, exercise, dietary counseling, breathing training and/or emotional support to help improve or maintain your lung health.
Do I need a doctor's referral for pulmonary rehabilitation?
Yes, a doctor's referral is required to participate in the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Medicare Part B and other private health insurance plans provide a covered benefit for participating in pulmonary rehabilitation.
Take steps to improve peripheral artery disease
Vascular rehabilitation is a medically supervised exercise program by your vascular doctor and our care team. Our care team specializes in care for peripheral vascular disease, also known as peripheral artery disease (PAD).
PAD affects blood flow through your legs and to your heart. Vascular rehabilitation may be recommended for those who have PAD or vascular leg surgery. Our care team helps you:
- Identify exercises to improve vascular health
- Improve your stamina and endurance
- Relieve leg pain
- Walk longer distances
Frequently asked questions about PAD and vascular rehabilitation
What will I do at vascular rehabilitation?
During vascular rehabilitation, we provide:
- Blood pressure and electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring, as needed
- Home exercise program
- PAD symptom and risk factor education and management
- Supervised interval exercise training to improve walking
Do I need a doctor's referral for pulmonary rehabilitation?
Yes, a doctor's referral is required to participate in the vascular rehabilitation program. Medicare Part B and other private health insurance plans provide a covered benefit for participating in vascular rehabilitation.
Exercise options after completing the program
Your care doesn't end after completing your cardiac, pulmonary or vascular rehabilitation program. We also provide wellness programs with exercise options and activities at an Ascension Wisconsin site of care near you.