Cardiac Rehabilitation

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women the United States. However, many types of heart disease can be prevented by reducing and controlling risk factors. Spectrum Health’s preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation teams offer a variety of services and programs to those with known cardiovascular disease or those at high risk of developing it. 

The preventive cardiology team works with you to utilize a combination of lifestyle and medical strategies focused on reducing your risk factors for cardiovascular disease while improving your health and well-being. Our cardiac rehabilitation team works with those who have had a recent cardiovascular event or procedure. Specialized services are offered to target your specific diagnoses and develop a program that assists in lifestyle modifications, rehabilitation, and improved quality of life.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that pairs exercise with education. This program is designed to provide you with the information, tools, and confidence to improve your cardiovascular health, physical function, and quality of life.

Is Cardiac Rehabilitation for Me?

People of all ages and conditions benefit from a cardiac rehabilitation program. You may be eligible for cardiac rehabilitation if you have any of the following diagnoses: 

  • Stable angina
  • History of heart attack
  • Coronary intervention (angioplasty or stents)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Heart failure LVAD/Pre-transplant
  • Heart transplant

What Are The Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is one of the best things you can do to improve your heart health. Cardiac rehabilitation doesn’t change your past, but it can help to improve your heart’s future. Participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program can: 

  • Lower your risk of a future cardiac event
  • Control heart failure symptoms
  • Improve quality of life Improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Reduce stress Improve depression/anxiety
  • Help with better dietary habits, which may lead to weight loss
  • Build strength and endurance needed to return to work
  • Increase energy level
  • Improve strength and ability needed to perform daily activities

When Can I Start The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Your physician will place a referral for the cardiac rehabilitation program prior to your discharge from the hospital or during a follow-up visit. You will then be contacted by a Spectrum Health staff member, and an orientation visit will be scheduled, approximately two to four weeks after you are discharged from the hospital.

What Can I Expect in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Personalized plan, focusing on aerobic exercise and strength training, to improve your physical health

  • Exercise classes scheduled two to three times per week
  • Heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure and weight monitoring
  • Encouraged to attend 18 to 36 exercise classes
  • Many class times are available to fit your scheduling needs 

Education classes designed to support you as you make healthy lifestyle changes

  • Education classes provide information on many topics including: cardiac risk factors, physical activity, nutrition and stress management
  • Available two times per week
  • Typically, right before or right after your exercise session

Additional Treatment Programs Offered Through Cardiac Rehabilitation

Metabolic Wellness Program

Metabolic syndrome is a group of specific health conditions that increases risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Our metabolic wellness program pairs exercise and education and is personalized based on your goals. We will provide the tools and resources to decrease risk factors. As a patient, you will meet with an exercise specialist who will create an exercise program unique to the individual.

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP)

EECP is an outpatient treatment that may reduce the symptoms of angina and heart failure. It works by increasing the blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscle and decreasing the amount of work the heart needs to do to pump blood to the rest of the body. Over time, EECP helps the heart become stronger and more effective.

Cuffs, like those used to check blood pressure, squeeze the legs. The inflation and deflation of cuffs is based on the timing of heartbeats. This treatment helps improve blood flow and increases the strength and efficiency of your heart. One-hour treatments are scheduled, Monday through Friday for seven weeks. Approximately 80% of patients who complete the 35-hour course of EECP therapy experience significant symptom relief.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Supervised Exercise Training (SET) Program

Lifestyle changes, especially walking, can help you manage and counter the effects of PAD and leg pain by increasing blood flow to the legs. For those who take part in SET, the benefits can be especially good. Studies have shown that exercise is an effective way for PAD patients to walk greater distances with less pain and improve their quality of life. A SET program is recommended as the initial treatment for patients suffering from intermittent leg pain while walking, the most common symptom experienced by people with PAD.

Attending this program can make a significant difference by:

  • Building strength so you can take part in the activities that make up your daily life
  • Decreasing/relieving painful symptoms when walking
  • Improving ability to walk longer distances and for longer periods of time
  • Improving quality of life
  • Increasing energy

Is Cardiac Rehabilitation Covered by Insurance?

In most cases, CR is a covered benefit of your insurance. Billing codes that may be used for cardiac rehabilitation services are as follows:

  • CPT 93797 (non-monitored exercise)
  • CPT 93798 (monitored exercise) 

Contact your insurance carrier to confirm coverage and to find out if you have any out-of-pocket responsibilities. If you would like to speak with a financial counselor to discuss cost, or to set up a payment plan call 866.315.7047.


Our staff would be happy to discuss the program with you or answer any questions you may have. Contact your preferred cardiac rehabilitation location for assistance.


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The preventive cardiology team works with you to utilize a combination of lifestyle and medical strategies.