The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is designed for people like you – people who have heart disease, or who have one or more risk factors for heart disease, and who are determined to improve their health. We've created a supportive environment where you learn to:
- Minimize your health risk factors, which reduces your chances of future complications
- Restore, and even increase, your physical fitness
- Understand the many different aspects of heart disease and the many ways it impacts you – and your loved ones
- Cope with the psychological problems, such as anger and depression, that often come with a major illness
Our program brings together a team that is focused on developing your heart-healthy lifestyle – from individualized exercise plans to eating smarter:
Phase 1 - is started while you're in the hospital for treatment. We evaluate your condition, determine if cardiac rehabilitation is right for you, and prepare for your outpatient phase.
Phase 2 - is an outpatient program that is ordered by your physician. It includes exercise planning and training, nutrition counseling and learning how to live with your condition.
Phase 3 - is a maintenance program that blends exercise, group support, and additional education and monitoring to keep up your new, healthier lifestyle.
Group classes for you and your family provide information on basic anatomy and functions of the heart, diet, nutrition, work simplification, medications, activity and exercise, coronary risk factor modification, and stress management.
Personal counseling can assist you in adjusting or developing lifestyle changes. The cardiac nurse specialist will review your progress in all areas and will update your exercise prescription. Dietary counseling will also be included to assist you in developing a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The monthly meetings of the Caring Hearts Support Group are led by a physician or other healthcare professional. Sanctioned by the American Heart Association, Alabama Affiliate, Inc., Houston County Chapter, group meetings offer patients and their families support and guidance in managing their heart disease.
Medicare and many private insurance plans cover all, or part, of the costs of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Some insurance companies do require pre-authorization and co-payments before you enter the program. Please call your carrier to find out its specific requirements.
Maintaining your "continuum of care" is very important to the Cardiac Rehabilitation team. That's why evaluation reports are sent to your doctor when you finish the program (or more often if you need additional help) to track your progress.
For More Information
Call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at (334) 793-8025.