Cardiac Rehab FAQ
Cardiac Rehab provides a path to better health for patients who have heart disease or have suffered a recent cardiac event. Find out what to expect from the cardiac rehab program at Clark Memorial.
- Do I qualify for cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab and Cardiac Rehab Phase II require a referral from your heart doctor or your family doctor. You may qualify if you’ve recently experienced one or more of the following:
- Recent heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery (CABG)
- Valve surgery
- Balloon angioplasty/coronary stent
- Stable chronic heart failure
- Stable angina
- When can I start rehab?
Your rehabilitation can begin two to six weeks after surgery, a coronary event, or release from your cardiologist.
- How often will I attend cardiac rehab?
Most people attend rehab three times a week. However, through our maintenance and exercise programs, you can attend up to five days a week.
- How long should I plan on attending cardiac rehab?
We develop a personalized program for every patient, so it depends on your goals and condition. The typical program lasts six to 12 weeks with maintenance and exercise programs continuing on an ongoing basis.
- I don’t have a heart condition, but I would like to prevent it from occurring. Can I still participate in the program?
Clark Memorial Health offers a Preventative Heart Exercise Program. Our medical professionals will develop an individualized program based on your needs and lifestyle. You may exercise up to five days a week and attend our educational programs.
- When are educational classes available?
Educational classes are offered each week focusing on heart disease, risk factors and prevention.