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A referral from your health care provider is needed before cardiac therapy can begin.

This program typically lasts three months, with three sessions per week.

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Cardiac rehabilitation

River Falls Area Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides high-quality cardiac rehabilitation to our patients, and our goal is to improve every patient’s quality of life.

Cardiac rehabilitation is an option for people of all ages and with many forms of heart disease. You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes:

  • heart attack
  • coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • heart failure
  • peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • chest pain (angina)
  • cardiomyopathy
  • certain congenital heart diseases
  • coronary artery bypass surgery
  • heart transplant
  • heart valve replacements.

Cardiac rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of heart problems. The benefits of cardiac rehabilitation are to:

  • help you regain strength
  • prevent your condition from worsening
  • reduce your risk for future heart problems.

Although it may be difficult to start a cardiac rehabilitation program when you’re not feeling well, you’ll soon recognize the benefits. Cardiac rehabilitation can help you address fear and anxiety as you return to an active lifestyle with more motivation and energy to do the things you enjoy.

Program details

River Falls Area Hospital currently receives and welcomes referrals to our cardiac rehabilitation program. This service is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.

Patients must be referred by their physician. Please contact your physician or nurse if you believe you may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.