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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.
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.
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 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.
EKG heart monitoring
An electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.
Angina (chest pain)
Angina is chest pain caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart muscle.
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.
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.
You may have heart valve surgery to replace one or more of your heart's four valves.
Angioplasty is the method used to repair a narrowed or blocked artery.
Our registered cardiac rehab nurses work with each participant and his or her loved ones to achieve these goals:
The phase 2 program also includes comprehensive education on topics like these:
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to the health of your heart, what you eat is as important as the medicine you take.
Most cardiac patients can enjoy sexual activity with some minor changes. Your doctor will tell you when you can resume activity safely.
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.
Studies show a link between heavy alcohol use and heart disease.
Try to identify the things in life that cause you stress and see if you can invent ways to manage those situations.