Aspirus Riverview Hospital, First Floor
410 Dewey Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
715.423.6060 Ext. 7361
Aspirus Riverview's cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to assist heart patients with their recovery from a heart attack or heart surgery. Benefits include:
The first phase of cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital, typically one to three days following a heart event, and continues up until the day of discharge from the hospital. Phase I consists of self-care and progressive exercises, including low-level activities, such as walking, and upper and lower extremity exercises. An education program is also provided to assist you in understanding the risk factors and coronary heart disease. Nutritional counseling prepares you for lifestyle changes you will need to make after leaving the hospital.
Phase II is an outpatient, hospital-based program that usually lasts six to twelve weeks. It continues and advances the rehabilitative process initiated in Phase I. Participants engage in a monitored program of exercise therapy and health education. One-hour exercise sessions are held three times per week. Participants rotate among exercise stations, which include treadmills, arm and bike ergometers, a rowing machine, and a NuStep stepping machine.
A cardiac rehabilitation nurse and an exercise physiologist work closely with you to develop an individualized exercise program based on your abilities. Exercises can help to reduce your resting heart rate and blood pressure, blood cholesterol, body weight, body fat, and stress, while increasing your capacity for physical activity. Blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm and overall response to exercise are monitored carefully to allow a safe, gradual progression of exercise.
Health education sessions are held on a weekly basis before or after exercise. Classes help you understand your heart disease and risk factor modification. Topics include stress reduction, exercise principles, diet modification, anatomy/physiology of the heart, and medications. Family members are welcome to attend the weekly education classes along with you for support and encouragement. The education classes are designed to increase your knowledge and commitment to a heart healthy lifestyle.
Our pulmonary rehabilitation program assists in the treatment of patients with chronic respiratory problems. Benefits include helping patients to:
Participants engage in a monitored program of exercise therapy three times per week. Education and group support sessions are held two times per week before or after class. Classes help you understand your lung disease and make positive lifestyle choices. Topics include:
Participants usually attend the monitored pulmonary rehabilitation program for six to twelve weeks.
Success in rehabilitation is based on the individual's level of participation. From a clinical standpoint, those who regularly participate in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation are likely to have a better quality of life and long-term outcome following heart/lung disease.
Your health insurance company will often cover a large portion of the cost for cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation. We recommend you check with your insurance company to make sure. If cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation is not a covered benefit, we can help you to pursue other resources that may be available to you.
If you are interested in joining our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, let your doctor know. If you would like to see the program in operation, please call us to arrange a visit.