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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our staff of cardiac specialists understands the toll heart disease can take on you. If you are recovering from a cardiac event, the Iowa Heart Center and Mercy provide specialized rehabilitation programs for patients who have heart disease. We want to help you achieve and maintain a rewarding and heart-healthy lifestyle.

A doctor’s referral is required for the cardiac rehabilitation program. Our staff will help obtain the physician’s consent and work with you and your physician to determine the program most appropriate for you. If you are interested, please call us at (515) 247-3145. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to improve your quality of life.

What is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

Cardiac rehabilitation at Mercy is a customized program of exercise, education and counseling that helps heart patients achieve and maintain a healthier and rewarding lifestyle. Structured exercise programs are designed to meet each person’s exercise goals. Sessions can vary but are generally two to three times a week for six weeks based upon each patient’s needs and current fitness level. All exercise sessions are monitored and medically supervised by a professional staff with specific training in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology. Education classes are designed to help you recognize and modify risk factors to meet special lifestyle needs and promote heart health.

Who benefits from cardiac rehabilitation?

Our program is recommended for patients who are at risk for developing coronary artery disease or are recovering from:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart surgery
  • Coronary angioplasty (balloon procedure)
  • Angina pectoris

What fees are covered by insurance?

Based on your diagnosis, Medicare and most insurance plans cover cardiac rehabilitation. Our professional staff will assist you in contacting your insurance carrier to determine your benefits for cardiac rehabilitation.

Remember, it is important to be your own best health advocate. A good way to do that is by committing to routine physical exams and diagnostic tests as often as recommended by your cardiac specialist. Early detection of heart disease is the key to effective treatment.

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