• Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

    What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

    Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised, physician prescribed education and exercise program for people with heart disease or with an increased risk of heart disease. The program is directed by a cardiologist and staffed by physical therapists, exercise specialists, registered dietitians and registered nurses.

    What is the purpose of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

    The purpose of Cardiac Rehabilitation is:

    • To promote the prompt, safe return of the participant to his or her maximum level of functioning;
    • To provide intense observation of cardiac participants during structured exercise sessions; and
    • To provide participants and their families with the knowledge needed to live with heart disease and control risk factors related to the progression of heart disease.

    Who is eligible to participate in the program?

    Eligible people include those who fall into one or more of the following categories:

    • Suffered a heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, and/or
    • Have had coronary artery bypass graft surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement or valve repair.

    Phase One

    Phase I, or the inpatient program, begins while the patient is recovering in the hospital. It includes conditioning exercises, range of motion exercises, and progressive ambulation. The patient also learns about heart disease, risk factors for heart disease and other vital information needed during his or her recovery.

    Phase Two

    Phase II begins once the patient is discharged from the hospital. Phase II classes are held in the Froedtert Kenosha Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center. The length of Phase II varies depending on the participant’s needs and medical condition, but generally lasts from six to eight weeks. Classes meet three times per week and last one and a half hours. They include monitored exercise sessions, risk factor screening, nutrition counseling, patient education and individualized home exercise programs.

    Phase Three

    Although most participants complete Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation prior to beginning Phase III, it is not a requirement. Phase III, is also held in the Froedtert Kenosha Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center. Classes meet two to three times per week and last one and a half hours. They include individualized exercise prescription and progression in a supervised, but less intensely monitored environment, reinforcement of risk factor modification, patient education and home exercise programs. Interested individuals may participate in Phase III for two to six weeks.

    Prevention Program

    The Prevention Program is designed for medically stable individuals who have a history of heart disease or risk factors for heart disease. The program promotes independent exercise with a focus on preventing heart disease or the progression of heart disease through heart healthy lifestyle changes. Annual membership includes orientation to the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, an updated exercise prescription, health risk appraisal, body fat test and a complete cholesterol panel. Members may exercise independently in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center or participate in a supervised exercise class. A physician release is required for all participants.