Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation at Regional Health Services of Howard County is a medically monitored exercise program designed for those who have had a recent heart illness or surgery/procedure.  This program combines physical exercise with risk factor modification to help with recovery, strengthen your body and improve quality of living.

During rehab sessions, heart rhythms are continuously monitored and blood pressures are measured before, during, and after each exercise session.  The following educational topics are also covered:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Risk factor modification
  • Nutrition
  • Medications
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Exercise

Benefits of the Regional Health Services Cardiac Rehabilitation program are to give patients a safe and effective way to improve their quality of life by:

  • Increasing overall strength and endurance
  • Recovering quicker in order to return to important life activities
  • Reducing stress and risks of future heart problems
  • Incorporating regular exercise into everyday lifestyle
  • Living healthier and longer

Abby Brincks, RN – CardioPulmonary Department

Who Can Participate?

Men and women of all ages can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation, including those who have experienced the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery/valve surgery
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) stent placement
  • Stable angina
  • Heart transplant

A physician referral is required to become involved in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program.  Sessions are set up three times per week for six to twelve weeks and last approximately 45 minutes.

Financial Consideration/Insurance Coverage

Cardiac rehabilitation is a service provided by RHSHC.  Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and most major medical insurance carriers pay for a portion of the cost.  Each client should contact his/her health insurance company to determine coverage.

For more information concerning our program, please call Elizabeth Pfile, RN, at 563-547-6692 or Regional Health Services of Howard County at 563-547-2101 and ask for the CardioPulmonary or Physical Therapy departments.