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Cardiac Rehabilitation

"The Confidence Course"

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You’ve just been discharged from the hospital after a serious issue with your heart, and you’re a little apprehensive about what happens next.

Henry Ford’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, also known as “The Confidence Course,” is designed for patients like you who were recently discharged from the hospital following a heart attack, coronary angioplasty or heart surgery, or with a condition like stable angina and heart failure.

The primary goal for cardiac rehabilitation is to help you restore optimal physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing through education and exercise.

Physicians, clinical exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, registered nurses and a psychologist work in cooperation with your doctor to provide structured education and individualized ECG (electrocardiograph) monitored exercise.

This program, designed for you, not only helps improve your heart and muscular function, but also reduces your risk of suffering another heart problem in the future. Patients recovering from heart problems typically attend three sessions per week for up to 12 weeks.

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What kinds of rehab are available?

Here’s how your cardiac rehabilitation will proceed:

  • Phase I cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital as you recover from your heart-related problems. You’ll receive information about nutrition, exercise and other aspects of a healthy recovery and perform moderate physical activities.
  • Phase II cardiac rehabilitation provides outpatient education to improve your cardiac health and includes individualized ECG (electrocardiograph)-monitored and medically supervised exercise programs.
  • Phase III cardiac rehabilitation, Henry Ford’s PREVENT program (prevention through exercise and education), establishes heart-healthy lifestyles for patients like you by combining medically supervised exercise with education for patients with all types of health concerns.

Medicare and Health Alliance Plan (HAP) usually cover between 80 and 100 percent of the program’s cost. Other health insurers may cover between 20 and 100 percent.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (313) 972-1919. For appointments specifically at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, please call (517) 205-4908.

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