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New Ulm Medical Center

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation

You need a referral from your health care provider
to begin cardiac rehabilitation.

For more about cardiac rehabilitation in New Ulm,
call 507-217-5688.

Working closely with Minneapolis Heart Institute® - New Ulm, our cardiac rehabilitation staff serves people who have had a heart attack, angina (chest pain), coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacement or angioplasty.

In addition to rehabilitation, our cardiac stress testing services support effective diagnosis and treatment.

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Cardiac stress testing

An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. It provides an overall look at the health of your heart.

Learn more about cardiac stress testing in our health encyclopedia.

Personalized exercise program

We look at each person's health risks as we personalize a plan to help prevent future problems.

A main part of reconditioning the heart is a two-phase exercise program.

Phase 1 cardiac rehabilitation

Phase 1 begins in the hospital when you are recovering from angina, a heart attack or heart surgery. It emphasizes a gradual increase in the amount and type of exercise.

Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation

Phase 2 generally lasts four to 12 weeks after you leave the hospital. This program combines medical supervision with EKG heart monitoring as you exercise in our dedicated outpatient area, located on the first floor of the hospital.

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EKG heart monitoring

An electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

Learn more about EKG heart monitoring in our health encyclopedia.

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Angina (chest pain)

Angina is chest pain caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart muscle.

Learn more about angina in our health encyclopedia or heart health manual.

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Heart attack

Heart attack happens when an artery that feeds your heart muscle becomes blocked with plaque (fatty deposits) or by a clot. When the blood cannot flow to the heart, damage or death to the heart muscle may occur.

Learn more about heart attack in our heart health manual.

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Coronary artery bypass surgery

Coronary artery bypass surgery helps more blood get to your heart. A blood vessel, usually from your leg and/or chest wall, is used to make another path for blood around your blocked artery to the heart muscle.

Learn more about coronary artery bypass surgery in our heart health manual.

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Valve replacement

You may have heart valve surgery to replace one or more of your heart's four valves.

Learn more about heart valve surgery in our heart health manual.

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Angioplasty

Angioplasty is the method used to repair a narrowed or blocked artery.

Learn more about angioplasty and other heart procedures in our heart health manual.

Our registered cardiac rehab nurses work with each participant and his or her loved ones to achieve these goals:

  • Safely increase heart efficiency and physical work capacity.
  • Reduce risk for recurrence of symptoms.
  • Cope with lifestyle changes and stress.

The phase 2 program also includes comprehensive education on topics like these:

  • How the heart works ?
  • Effects and benefits of exercise ?
  • How hard should I exercise? ?
  • Heart attack versus chest pain ?
  • Nutrition ?
  • Sexual activity ?
  • Smoking ?
  • Alcohol use ?
  • Stress management ?
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How the heart works

The heart's main "job" is to pump blood that carries oxygen and nutrients throughout your body through miles of tubes or blood vessels.

Learn how a healthy heart looks in our heart health manual.

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Effects and benefits of exercise

Exercise is essential for most people with heart problems. Your health care team will help you learn the best kind of exercise to help your heart.

Learn more about exercise in our heart health manual.

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How hard should I exercise?

If you have heart problems, ask your doctor or nurse about an exercise program that is right for you. If you do exercise, there are several ways to measure how hard you are exercising.

Learn about measuring how your heart responds to exercise in our heart health manual.

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Heart attack versus chest pain

Heart attack happens when an artery that feeds your heart muscle becomes blocked with plaque (fatty deposits) or by a clot.

Angina is chest pain that happens when not enough blood flows to your heart muscle.

Learn more about heart attacks and angina in our heart health manual.

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Nutrition

When it comes to the health of your heart, what you eat is as important as the medicine you take.

Learn more about nutrition in our heart health manual.

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Sexual activity

Most cardiac patients can enjoy sexual activity with some minor changes. Your doctor will tell you when you can resume activity safely.

Learn more about resuming sexual activity in our heart health manual.

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Smoking

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S. Cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers.

Learn more tobacco use and quitting smoking in our heart health manual.

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Alcohol use

Studies show a link between heavy alcohol use and heart disease.

Learn how alcohol affects your heart in our heart health manual.

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Stress management

Try to identify the things in life that cause you stress and see if you can invent ways to manage those situations.

Learn more about reducing stress in our heart health manual.