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Heart & Vascular

Cardiac Rehabilitation

For patients who have undergone a major cardiovascular episode or treatment, Spectrum Health offers the area’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program. Our care curriculum was created to help patients get back to a fuller and more normal life. Our facility was designed with heart patients in mind, providing an appropriate, uplifting and supportive environment for your rehab experience.

All Spectrum Health cardiac rehab staff are either certified exercise physiologists or registered nurses specializing in cardiac rehab—ensuring you get the best care available. Components include exercise therapy, body fat testing, body compositional analysis and functional capacity analysis, diabetes education and consultations to cover nutrition, stress management and medication.

What to Expect in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Treatments such as stents, angioplasty and bypass surgery open clogged arteries and relieve symptoms, but do not treat the cause. Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to provide patients with the tools necessary to treat the cause and prevent their heart disease from getting worse.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program focuses on exercise and education to provide patients with the information, tools and confidence to lead a healthy and productive life.

Phase I cardiac rehabilitation begins during a patient’s hospitalization. Phase II cardiac rehabilitation begins two to four weeks after a patient leaves the hospital, and can last six to 12 weeks. Phase III cardiac rehabilitation is a maintenance exercise program that encourages patients to continue their prescribed activity program.

Individuals with the following conditions can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Angina
  • Heart attack
  • Angioplasty (PTCA/stent)
  • Coronary artery bypass and/or valve surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Multiple risk factors
  • Metabolic syndrome

The Fuller Avenue Subacute Rehabilitation program provides a unique program for patients with congestive heart failure, called Cardiovascular Transitions.

How to Get Started in Cardiac Rehabilitation

A referral from your doctor is required. Cardiac rehabilitation staff can make an appointment during your hospital stay. You may call for an orientation appointment or to learn more about the program.

In most cases, Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is covered by insurance. We encourage you to check with your insurance carrier to obtain coverage or co-pay information. Phase III cardiac rehabilitation is not covered by insurance companies, but it is very reasonably priced. Our staff is also available to answer your questions.

For more information, visit the Cardiac Rehabilitation program listing or call Spectrum Health Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation at 616.486.6577.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Location

2902 Bradford St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone (616) 486-6577
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