Cardiac Rehabilitation

JRMC Cardiac Rehabilitation’s goal is to optimize cardiovascular disease risk reduction.
Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehab is designed to help people with heart disease recover faster from recent events (such as a heart attack, congestive heart failure, stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft, valve repair or replacement or with stable angina) so they may return to their normal lives. A three-phase approach has been implemented by JRMC Cardiac Rehab to help individuals achieve optimal outcomes.

Cardiac Rehab is designed for individuals with known heart disease. The program is focused on making positive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise and smoking cessation that will enable each person to better manage his/her disease. Individual goals may vary including weight loss, reduction of blood pressure, slowing the progression of heart disease and hopefully decreasing medical expenses and hospitalizations in the future.

Stress Testing

The Cardiac Rehab staff conducts physician supervised stress tests to diagnose coronary artery disease. We offer regular EKG stress tests, Lexiscan tests and Cardiolite® stress tests that show providers how your heart performs when it needs to work hard.


Benefits Include:

  • reduction of cardiac risk factors
  • increased strength and endurance
  • reduced disability
  • better physical, mental and emotional health
  • decreased stress levels
Phase I

The first phase of Cardiac Rehab occurs during the stay in the hospital. Personal activity level is gradually increased through exercise and self-care activities. Education and counseling sessions are provided to help adjust to illness and lifestyle change.

Phase II

The Phase II program assists patients recovering from heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, coronary artery stent placement and patients with stable angina. Patients are referred by their physician and receive education on heart health, lifestyle modification counseling and exercise therapy. The staff includes a registered nurse, an exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian and other specialties as needed.

This early outpatient program is designed to continue the exercise and education received in Phase I. Exercise sessions are held at JRMC three times a week for 4 – 12 weeks. All exercise sessions are based on individual needs. During the exercise and education sessions, heart rhythm, heart rate and blood pressure are closely monitored. A physician referral is required for each program and they closely monitor progress.


Companion Exercise Program

You do not have to exercise alone. A spouse, relative or friend may qualify to attend the exercise and education sessions with you to provide emotional and motivational support. In addition, many people are ordered by their physician not to drive for a period of time. The companion program offers the driver a ‘reward’ for providing the needed transportation. There is no charge for this program when the patient is in Phase II.

Phase III

Phase III is an extension of the phase II cardiac rehabilitation program. It continues the behavior modification strategies learned while attending phase II rehab, enhances coronary heart disease management skills and establishes a commitment to preventing a secondary disease. Phase III is open to any individual who has completed phase II cardiac rehabilitation program who could benefit from extended supervision and a slower transition into a maintenance program. It is also open to any cardiac rehab referrals not eligible for phase II cardiac rehab due to a non-qualifying diagnosis or inadequate insurance coverage.



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