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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Munson Community Health Center is designed to meet the needs of individual patients, depending on their specific heart problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the program’s success.

The goal of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life — physically, emotionally, and socially. These goals are often met by:
  • Decreasing cardiac symptoms and complications
  • Encouraging independence through self-management
  • Improving social, emotional, and vocational status
  • Increasing physical fitness
  • Reducing hospitalizations
  • Stabilizing or reversing atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the blood vessels)

Reaching Goals

To help you reach your goals, Cardiac Rehabilitation provides your health care provider with valuable, ongoing information about your clinical status that may include the following:
  • Exercise programs to help build fitness and improve endurance
  • Medication management to help reduce cardiac symptoms, complications, and hospitalizations
  • Methods to improve independence and activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management and emotional support


Research has found Cardiac Rehabilitation to benefit patients in the following ways:  
  • Improves cardiac symptoms
  • Reduces blood cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Reduces cigarette smoking
  • Improves psychosocial well-being and reduces stress
  • Reduces death due to heart disease
  • Provides physicians with valuable surveillance data

Heart Conditions

Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help participants get in better shape, physically and mentally, after having been diagnosed with:
  • Angina pectoris
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Certain congenital heart diseases
  • Any risk factors for heart disease: abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, family history, or after having:
    • Cardioverter or defibrillator implant
    • Heart attack
    • Heart transplant
    • Open-heart surgery
    • Pacemaker implant

Cardiac Rehab Team

Skilled professionals are part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team, including:
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Rehabilitation nurses

The team uses research-based interventions to tailor programs for each participant. The program has seven components:
  • Cardiovascular evaluation
  • Education and counseling about coronary risk reduction
  • Exercise training
  • Medical surveillance and emergency support when appropriate
  • Outcomes documentation and assessment
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • Stress management techniques

Exercise and Education
Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient program that begins with a preliminary evaluation to determine your cardiovascular status.

This heart-monitored exercise and education program takes place in a medically supervised group setting. Based on preliminary test results, specific exercises are prescribed during sessions held two to three times a week. Participants can join a cardiac support group, cardiac education classes, and a weight-training program. Individual dietary counseling also is available.

Ongoing Cardiac Rehabilitation

As an ongoing program, Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation allows you to continue medically supervised exercise in a group setting three days a week for one hour. Also available are:
  • Educational counseling
  • Individual weight management and dietary counseling
  • Informative handouts on cardiac-related subjects
  • Mini-lectures
  • Relaxation/support group
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Weight training

For additional information on Cardiac Rehabilitation, or to schedule a visit, call (231) 935-8565.