Cardiac rehabilitation works with people who have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina pectoris (chest pain), coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacement, or coronary angioplasty.
Each individual's risk factors are assessed to develop a personal prevention plan. Patients then learn how to exercise for their heart.
The cardiac rehab staff look at each person's health risks as we personalize a plan to help prevent future problems. A main part of this plan is reconditioning the heart through a two-phase exercise program:
Owatonna Hospital's cardiac rehab program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification means our program meets or exceeds national care standards.
Our registered cardiac rehab nurses work with each participant and his or her loved ones to achieve these goals:
The Phase 2 program includes comprehensive education on topics like these:
In addition to rehabilitation, our cardiac stress testing services support effective diagnosis and treatment. To learn about preventing or living with heart disease, visit Helping Your Heart online manual.
Linda Hoffman, certified occupational therapist
You need a referral from your health care provider to begin cardiac rehabilitation.