Rehabilitation Programs

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation programs listed below are conducted in a controlled setting and supervised by one or more Clinical Exercise Physiologists.   

Phase I - Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation involves monitored activity while you are still a hospital patient to get you up and moving immediately after a cardiac event. 

Phase II - Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive outpatient program for patients with heart disease. This program offers a variety of services to meet each individual’s need for increases in exercise capacity, educational counseling for risk factor modification and behavior change. Heart rate, blood pressure and telemetry (ECG) monitoring is included in each session. Currently accepted diagnosis for Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation are: Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Chronic Stable Angina, Angioplasty or Coronary Stenting, Heart or Heart and Lung Transplant, Heart Valve Repair or Replacement. 

Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)- People who have chronic life limiting angina (chest pain) and heart failure may be referred to EECP therapy to help increase the hearts oxygenated blood supply. The goal of therapy is to provide a non-invasive avenue to lower the frequency of symptoms as well as to increase symptom thresholds. Ideally, after the completion of EECP, people feel an increase in their ability to exercise perform their usual activities of daily living with or without minimal symptoms.

EECP therapy treatment sessions are given for an hour each day, five days a week for a total of 35 sessions. With each session, a person lays on their back with their head and chest semi-inclined on a comfortably padded therapy bed. Large cuffs are wrapped around the lower (calves) and upper (thigh) leg as well as the buttox. The cuffs inflate and deflate with the patient's heart beat. During EECP therapy, the person is allowed to listen to music, watch tv, or take a nap. EECP therapy sessions will be made as comfortable as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with life limiting angina or if you feel that your heart disease, chest pain or shortness fo breath limits your ability to complete simple tasks that were previously easy for you, contact your primary provider and ask them if you would be a candidate for EECP. For more information regarding EECP, contact the Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists in the HEART Center at (608) 637-4497.

Fresh Start- is a comprehensive clinical evaluation and management program designed to provide a monitored setting for people at risk for or diagnosed with a chrnic disease or who need help learning how to exercise appropriately. The primary goal of Fresh Start is to help you independently manage your health along with associated risk factors. Your healthcare provider can send a referral.

An individualized treatment plan will be developed with each participant referred. All patients can expect to completean initial outpatient evaluation which reviews a detailed health history, specific program goals, chronic disease and symptom management planning and education, continuous physician updates, exercise programming that monitors heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation at rest  with exercise or recovery.

Fresh start is a great program for anyone with Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Obesity, Lung Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Cancer, Renal Disease and many other chronic health conditions. Contact your provider to see if you would be a candidate for Fresh Start. For more information, contact the HEART Center (608) 637-4497.