Mercy Medical Center Sioux City

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab is an exercise and education program for people who have experienced a significant cardiac event. The purpose of the program is to help the person and their family recover from the physical and emotional effects of a heart attack, angioplasty, coronary artery stent placement, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, and stable angina. Patients are referred to the program by their cardiologist or personal physician. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation staff includes a Registered Nurse and Physical Therapist. 

Classes are held three times per week with each exercise session lasting about one hour. Exercise begins slowly and progresses based on individual response. Each patient follows a personalized program. 

Education on heart disease risk factors and ways these risk factors can be reduced is presented. Many topics including stress management and healthy eating are presented in either small group or individual sessions. Family is encouraged to participate. These sessions generally last 20 to 30 minutes and are held following the exercise sessions.

The cost of Cardiac Rehabilitation is covered by Medicare if the person has a qualifying diagnosis. Most commercial insurance complanies have a benefit for Cardiac Rehabilitation. If you think you could benefit from this program, please discuss it with your physician.