Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of supervised exercise and lifestyle management to help you recover from a heart event or heart surgery and prevent future cardiac problems. You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if you have stable angina (chest pain), heart attack, heart surgery (bypass or valve), coronary angioplasty, or coronary stents.
The Cardiac Rehab program offers each patient individualized exercise prescription, risk factor modification, and education.
- Exercise: Exercise is the key element of Trinity’s cardiac rehab program. All patients receive an individualized exercise prescription, which may include walking, stationary cycling, rowing, and moderate resistance training. While exercising, patients are under the care of experienced cardiac rehab nurses, exercise physiologists, and respiratory therapists who monitor blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm, to ensure patients are exercising safely. Your exercise program will be specially designed for you so that you may proceed at a safe and comfortable pace.
- Education: Cardiac rehab staff design an individual lifestyle modification program to help each patient achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Dietitians, pharmacists, and licensed mental health counselors are available for consultation.
- Maintenance: Completion of the initial outpatient phase of cardiac rehabilitation will improve your cardiovascular health, but results may be temporary unless you exercise regularly to maintain your conditioning and strength. As part of your long-term plan you may continue to exercise at Trinity’s cardiac rehab maintenance program, located in the same area as the initial outpatient program. Participants may continue to attend indefinitely as long as space is available, for a small out-of-pocket fee. Participants will continue to have access to cardiac rehab staff for guidance and support.
A physician referral is needed to get started in Trinity’s cardiac rehab program. Referral usually follows heart surgery, a heart attack, or other cardiac illness listed above. If you wish to learn more about enrollment, call (701) 418-7220 and any of the cardiac rehab staff can address your questions or concerns.
Most insurance plans cover the outpatient phase of cardiac rehab. A monthly fee is charged for the maintenance program.
Trinity’s Cardiac Rehab program is AACVPR certified and is part of the Trinity Heart Team that helped Trinity gain recognition as a Top 50 Heart hospital.