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Mercy Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Services are offered in two convenient locations:

Coon Rapids


A program of:

A healthy, active life after a cardiac event is possible with the help of Mercy Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation services. Cardiac rehabilitation is carefully planned program to help people with heart disease or with a high risk of heart disease. You can enjoy better health through health education, counseling, and exercise training.

Mercy Hospital’s four-phase program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). A specialized team of cardiac rehabilitation professionals work together to create a customized plan for you.

  • Your physicians and clinic nurses
  • Cardiac rehabilitation occupational or physical therapists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Cardiac rehabilitation nurses
  • Consulting pharmacists
  • Chaplains
  • Social workers
  • Clinical dieticians

Mercy Heart & Vascular Center

With a referral from your doctor, you may enter the program at any phase. Ask your doctor or nurse for more information about our cardiac rehabilitation program.

Services are offered in two convenient locations:

Coon Rapids

The Mercy cardiac rehabilitation program is in the health improvement/fitness center in the lower level of the Mercy Heart & Vascular Center, 4040 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433


The Unity cardiac rehabilitation program is located in the lower level of Unity Hospital, 550 NE Osborne Road, Fridley, MN 55432

Inpatient cardiac rehabilitation

Services are offered in two convenient locations:

Coon Rapids


Phase 1 monitored inpatient

The cardiac rehabilitation team will work closely with your doctor to teach you simple exercises that help increase your physical skills. During your inpatient session your heart is monitored and a tailored program is developed that you can safely use when you are home. We will also teach you and your family how to manage your condition. Cardiac rehabilitation is a critical component in rapid recovery and return to an active lifestyle.

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services are comprised of three rehabilitation phases and a variety of classes about healthy lifestyle topics.

Phase 2 monitored outpatient

Phase 2 cardiac rehab is usually covered by insurance, but you need to contact your provider to ensure coverage. The focus is working on physical skills to return to your normal activities. We also teach you about your heart condition, your risk factors and how to incorporate changes for better health. Continuous heart monitoring and frequent vital sign assessment by staff ensures a safe exercise program of six to eight weeks, usually three times a week. Your physician is updated regularly on your progress.

Phase 3 health improvement exercise programs intermittently monitored

Once you've completed phase 2, this four to six week program will help you move toward a safe exercise program you can use on your own. This program continues to help you address your risk factors and incorporate the needed changes. You will be closely monitored during exercise by a cardiac rehabilitation therapist and we will routinely update your physician on your progress.

Phase 3 is generally not covered by insurance and is paid for by the member/patient.

Phase 4 supervised exercise/maintenance

This final phase is a cardiac maintenance exercise program or a community exercise program. Medical professionals check your vital signs as needed and help you set goals for a healthier lifestyle. Each staff member is Advanced Cardiac Life Support trained to assist you with any emergent problem.

Disease management program

Services are offered in two convenient locations:

Coon Rapids


Each year millions of people suffer from the debilitating effects of heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease. Continued exercise and frequent physical assessment can translate into easier and healthier living. Grocery shopping, house cleaning, or lawn care can be possible again for individuals who choose to be a disciplined participant in a disease management program.

The Disease Management Program at Mercy includes heart failure management. The program offers the opportunity to:

  • Work with a team of registered nurses who communicate closely with your primary physician to develop a plan of care.
  • Participate in exercise sessions that begin with a physical assessment looking for signs or symptoms of heart failure or any worsening of respiratory symptoms.

Each session lasts one hour and consists of:

  • Cardiovascular strength training (if appropriate) and stretching
  • Individual instruction on diuretic usage to maintain optimal fluid status
  • Instruction on hand-held inhaler and nebulizer treatments
  • Education on the management of healthy living with your condition
  • Education on breathing techniques to help tolerate exercise
  • Recognition of signs or symptoms of lung infection
  • Individual exercise prescriptions based on ability
  • Assistive devices to support mobility if needed

Advantages of the program:

  • Improves endurance in daily activities
  • Helps in maintaining independence
  • Reduces emergency room visits and hospitalizations
  • Individual education from dietician and pharmacist
  • Group interaction promotes friendships and social support

How to get started?

Talk with your primary physician to request a referral to the disease management program. The cost is covered by some insurance companies. Please call yours to check for coverage. There is also a self-pay option.

Health improvement exercise programs

Services are offered in two convenient locations:

Coon Rapids


How to enroll

To enroll in a Health Improvement exercise program, you will need the referral or approval of your physician. To schedule your first appointment, call 763-236-8024.


The intermittent monitored and supervised exercise programs have an initial charge of $50, then a $30 monthly fee. Insurance will not cover the cost of these programs. Each program consists of three components:

  • Exercise: The exercise programs are made up of an individual exercise prescription incorporating flexibility, endurance training, as well as a strength training program. These sessions are supervised by qualified professionals.
  • Education: The education portion will assist you in working toward a healthier lifestyle by learning how to modify your risk factors.
  • Evaluation: For all participants, medical records will be requested from your physician and an exercise prescription will be prepared.

Each participant will receive an initial evaluation/orientation and will be re-evaluated regularly. Your physician is updated on your progress.

Intermittent monitored exercise

Phase 3
Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon

This is a physician-approved exercise and lifestyle modification program. Your heart rhythm and blood pressure will be checked regularly. Participation is typically two to eight weeks, and the program serves as a bridge to the supervised exercise program. Progress notes will be sent to your physician as needed.

Supervised exercise

Phase 4
Monday – Thursday: 6 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 7 p.m., Friday: 6 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

This is a physician-approved maintenance exercise program and is a continuation of the intermittent monitored exercise program. Participants will work toward a healthier lifestyle in a safe and supportive environment. Your heart rhythm and blood pressure will be checked as needed or at your request. This program includes an annual review with a therapist. Progress notes will be sent to your physician as needed.

What to wear

You may wear proper gym attire: gym shorts, T-shirts, loose-fitting clothing and athletic shoes. Changing rooms are available. To prevent damage to equipment, please bring a change of shoes.

Peripheral vascular exercise program

This Peripheral Vascular Rehabilitation Program is for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease (PVD). It is a four to six week exercise program where you work closely with a cardiac rehabilitation therapist to overcome calf pain or symptoms during walking. We also work closely with your physician.