Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Citizen’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program uses a closely monitored exercise program and education to manage heart problems.

The Citizen’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program uses a closely monitored exercise program and education to manage heart problems. Our program works with a team of experts, including cardiologists, exercise physiologists, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists, to help patients move toward recovery and independence. The program has been developed according to national standards set forth by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Our program also helps patients learn how to reduce activities that will contribute to the occurrence of heart disease, including inactivity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, smoking, diabetes, and stress.

Who Can Benefit from this Program?

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed for anyone who has recently suffered from heart problems, including:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stable Angina
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Angioplasty (“balloon” procedure)
  • Stent Implants
  • Heart Transplant
  • Valve Surgery

Entering the Program

We require a referral for patients to enter the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Following the referral, we will arrange for exercise testing, ECG testing, and necessary blood work. Once you have undergone these tests, we will use the results and your medical history to create a personalized rehabilitation program that fits your needs. The therapy you receive with us will complement care provided by your regular physician.

Program Details

Our program consists of three phases:

  • Phase I (Inpatient)

While you are in the hospital, our staff will help you with the early stages of your program by providing education and resources so you can become knowledgeable about your particular condition. The focus at this stage is recovery so you can get back home.

  • Phase II (Outpatient)

After you leave the hospital, we will develop your personalized rehabilitation plan. Monitored exercise sessions are offered with the program. The exercise component is designed to get you back on your feet so you can safely return to your daily activities, job, hobbies, and independent living.

  • Phase III (Optional)

Phase III is a continuing, optional program for those who have finished Phase II. It is offered for those who want to maintain the benefits they achieved in Phase II, including continued participation in the exercise program. This portion of the program will require a small monthly fee.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, contact a member of our team at (361) 572-5065 or (361) 582-1109.