Cardiac Rehabilitation

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What is the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Our team of highly trained professionals work with you to develop an exercise plan to best meet your individual health needs. Our goal is to work with you to improve your health through both education and exercise. Throughout your recovery and beyond, we are here to help! Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week.

What are the benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac Rehabilitation uses supervised exercise to help you recover from a cardiac event or procedure. Additionally, we help you understand ways to reduce your risk factors of cardiovascular disease, with the overall goal of helping you become an active, educated partner in the management of your heart disease.

Program Goals:

  • Exercise properly and safely to improve the efficiency of your heart
  • Learn how and why heart disease occurs
  • Manage your risk factors and their influence on your heart problems
  • Physical and medical aspects of recovery
  • Psychological and emotional effects of heart problems
  • How to improve your health through diet, exercise, and stress management

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What is it like to attend classes?

You will be part of a small class with others in a similar situation as you. Classes meet in the morning for about two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Participants generally attend 19 sessions. A portion of each session is devoted to telemetry-monitored physical activity, based on your exercise prescription. Every session also includes an educational segment. The educational presentations focus on
cardiac risk factors, exercise benefits, medications, stress management, and heart healthy nutrition. Discussion allows individuals to share concerns, ideas and tips with each other.

Where are the classes held?

In the Fitness Center, located next door to Valley Regional’s Orthopaedic Clinic at 241 Elm St. in Claremont, NH.

Who should have Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Adults who have experienced one of the following within the last year:

  • Heart attack, angina or other cardiac symptoms
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Cardiac valve surgery
  • Heart or heart/lung transplantation
  • Angioplasty or stenting
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Peripheral arterial disease

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Does insurance cover Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Valley Regional Hospital accepts most insurance plans and programs, but coverage for cardiac rehabilitation varies by health plan. Check with
your insurance plan to determine your coverage. Generally, major insurance plans cover Cardiac Rehabilitation for patients with the diagnoses listed above.

How do I start?

If your doctor has referred you to the program with a prescription for your exercise goals we will contact you to schedule your assessment session and set a starting date for you. If you have not been referred and are interested, please discuss a referral with your provider.


Experience and Expertise

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Valley Regional Hospital is supervised by a medical doctor and collaborative team that includes an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified registered nurse and an exercise science professional.


Questions?

If you have any questions, or if you haven’t been called within a week of your discharge, please give us a call (603) 542-3458. We will return your call as soon as possible.