Heart Rehabilitation & Support

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We want you to feel and function at your best. Our heart rehabilitation programs serve anyone recuperating from a heart attack, heart failure or other heart issues. It is an essential step towards a full recovery.

At Sanford Health, we provide support and rehabilitation for our heart patients in a variety of formats:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Heart failure program
  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Pacemaker/device clinic
  • Heart valve clinic

Our cardiac rehab services are an important part of your recovery. We’ll work with you directly to design a program that strengthens your heart and helps prevent future cardiac problems.

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program to help people who have heart disease. People in this program may have had a heart attack or heart surgery.

Your health care provider oversees your cardiac rehab. The program is designed to improve heart recovery and prepare you for future daily activities.

Cardiac rehab can often help you get better at your daily tasks. It may ease your symptoms and give you a sense of well-being.

Who does cardiac rehab help?

Cardiac rehab may help you if you have certain heart conditions or if you’ve had specific heart procedures. These include:

  • Stable angina
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure 
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, or bypass surgery
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Angioplasty with or without a stent
  • Peripheral artery disease

Ask a cardiologist now about how a cardiac rehab program can reduce your chances or heart problems later. 

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The cardiac rehab program

Your cardiac rehab program is designed to meet your needs. Your plan may last from six weeks to more than a year.

The goal of cardiac rehab is to help ease your symptoms and make your heart as healthy as possible. Your program may include:

  • Exercise. Staying active makes you more fit and helps your heart work better.
  • Classes. Learn important lifestyle changes and pick up healthier habits. For example, your doctor may prescribe courses and support to help you quit smoking. You may be encouraged to take a nutrition class to learn how to eat healthier.
  • Stress management. You will learn how to manage stress to lower your anxiety.
  • Counseling. Participate in specialized counseling sessions that will help you learn about your specific condition and how to live with it.
  • Occupational therapy. Therapy enables you to get back to work sooner and helps your heart handle everyday activities.

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