What is the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a supervised program to help individuals reduce their risk of future cardiac related events. Our team of highly trained professionals work with patients to develop an exercise plan tailored to an individual’s health needs. The goal is to improve heart health through both education and exercise. Throughout your recovery and beyond, we are here to help! Classes are offered at various times of the day and 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.
- 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
What is it like to attend classes?
Classes are a positive experience. 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 36 sessions. A portion of each session is devoted to telemetry-monitored physical activity, based on your exercise prescription. 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?
Classes are 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
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.