Cardiac Rehabilitation

Recovery from a heart attack or heart surgery can be challenging. The road to getting well again is often a long one, and there are many questions and concerns along the way.

The Henry Ford Allegiance Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a wide range of services to assist you through this time of change and adjustment. Our program provides a positive experience as you become active and well again.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Goals

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to decrease your heart risk factors. When cardiac rehabilitation is practiced along with your medical and/or surgical treatment, it is a safe and meaningful way to help you:

  • Feel better faster
  • Get stronger physically and emotionally
  • Reduce and manage stress
  • Reduce your risk of future cardiovascular complications and conditions
  • Live longer and live well

Who Should Consider Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is for those who are at risk for heart disease or who have experienced:

  • A heart attack
  • Heart surgery, including bypass or valve repair or replacement
  • Cardiac stenting (insertion of small, wire-mesh tube to keep an artery open)
  • Balloon angioplasty (opening of blocked coronary arteries)
  • Atherectomy (surgical removal of plaque from a blood vessel)
  • Angina (severe chest pain caused by inadequate blood supply)

The Treatment Team

The Henry Ford Allegiance cardiac rehabilitation team considers it very important for family members to be involved in your care. The team consists of your physician, registered nurses, exercise specialists, dietitians, social workers, occupational therapists and clinical pharmacists.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The program is designed in phases. As you reach the goals for each phase, you’ll gain confidence and a better understanding of how to manage your heart health.

This phase begins in the hospital soon after your heart problem occurs and ends when you leave the hospital.

At your doctor’s request, the Cardiac Rehabilitation team will visit you and your family to offer help and guidance as you slowly begin to increase your activity.

Phase I is complete when you are discharged from the hospital.

Allegiance Health considers this phase vital to your recovery. We provide it free of charge, since it is not covered by insurance plans.

Phase II begins with your doctor’s referral after you leave the hospital to an outpatient program that includes both exercise and education.

You will complete Phase II in a group, with others who have heart disease. You will exercise on equipment while wearing a heart monitor, under the close watch of staff. We will keep your doctor informed of your progress while you are in the program.

The exercise portion is designated to help you regain strength and condition your heart in a safe setting. We will give you an effective treatment plan based on your own specific heart condition.

Education is also an important part of Phase II, and our classes will help you learn to live with heart disease. Allegiance staff is available and willing to
answer your questions and concerns at any time.

We will work with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage for Phase II.

Phase III focuses on preventing further heart problems and promoting healthy lifestyles. It is an ongoing fitness program for those who like to exercise in a group setting. A physician referral is required for entry into the program. Each person chooses an exercise plan using our equipment, and trained staff are available for assistance. Phase III is not covered by insurance, but costs are reasonable.


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