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Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Patients diagnosed with stable angina, congestive heart failure, and other cardiac diagnoses are also eligible to participate. At WellStar, our Cardiac Rehab programs provide education, supervised exercise, lifestyle modification and emotional support to help patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, and improve health and well-being.

Research has shown Cardiac Rehab WORKS! For example, patients who suffer an Acute Myocardial Infarction who participate in Cardiac Rehab have a significantly reduced all-cause 60 day hospital readmission rate (JACC April 5, 2011). There is also a 46% relative reduction in death from all causes in patients after PCI who participated in Cardiac Rehab (AHA 5/2001). Other proven benefits are improved medication compliance, improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, fewer emergency room visits, and improved dietary habits. Cardiac Rehab plays a critical role in providing continuity of care across the health care continuum at WellStar.

At WellStar, our cardiac rehab patients are individually assessed to review medical history, assess risk factors, analyze functional abilities and set goals. On-going assessments are conducted to ensure patients are making progress towards their goals, educational needs are being met, and any problems or concerns are being addressed with the referring physician.

Our cardiac rehab team consists of Physicians, Registered Nurses, Registered Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists and a Clinical Psychologist. We offer a variety of educational opportunities for patients such as Heart Smart class (topics include risk factors for heart disease, emotional aspects of heart disease, appropriate exercise, heart healthy nutrition, and cardiac rehab overview), Heart of the Matter class (focuses on stress management, depression), Pacemaker/Defibrillator Support Group, Grocery Store tours and one-on-one dietary consultations with the registered dietician.

For more information please call (470) 793-7630.