How does Phase II Cardiac Rehab work?

Cardiac rehab has two major parts. These include:

  • Exercise training to help the patient learn how to exercise safely, improve stamina, strengthen muscles and develop an individualized exercise program to help prevent future heart problems. Each person's exercise plan is based on their unique abilities, needs and interests.
  • Education, counseling and training to help the patient understand his/her heart condition and find ways to reduce his risk of future heart problems. Educational opportunities available include: home exercise, nutrition, medication, stress management, weight loss, reversal of heart disease, smoking cessation, heart anatomy, cholesterol, and blood pressure. The cardiac rehab team will help each patient learn how to make positive changes in their lives and cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle.

Who delivers the therapy?

The cardiac rehab team at Frankfort Regional Medical Center consists of highly skilled health care professionals. Nurses, registered dieticians and pharmacists work together under the guidance of your referring physician to help you return to a healthy active lifestyle. Our nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, and trained in the response of the heart to exercise and understand the process of heart disease.

How am I monitored?

Your Phase II Cardiac Rehab team will monitor your heart rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, and weight each day you attend. If you have any signs or symptoms of impending difficulties or heart problems, they will assist you in obtaining the appropriate care. If your cardiac rehab team is concerned about your uncontrolled blood pressure, for example, they will discuss this with your doctor and help you to reach a controlled blood pressure range.

When will I have Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation will usually begin anywhere between one and six weeks after being discharged from the hospital. Those patients who have had heart attacks, angina, angioplasty, and stenting usually begin rehab within one week. Those who have had open heart surgeries generally start anywhere between two and six weeks after discharge from the hospital.

How is the program covered?

The Cardiac Rehab program may be covered by your insurance company. Since all insurance plans and companies differ, we will help determine your eligibility for the program. If you are covered, your insurance company may still require you pay a co pay or coinsurance for each visit you attend. If your insurance company requires authorization, your cardiac rehab team will request rehab visits from your doctor. Your doctor's office will then complete an application to your insurance company to try to authorize these visits.

If your insurance company does not cover Phase II Cardiac Rehab, we will discuss other options available to you.

When is Phase II Cardiac rehab offered and how long does it last?

At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, we hold Cardiac Rehab classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As a participant, it is recommended that you attend 3 days a week for maximum improvement of your cardiac status.

Classes are held between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Your cardiac rehab team will arrange one of these classes based on your schedule. Each class is one hour long. You will be assigned a class time based on availability and your schedule. If you need to reschedule or change to a different time, discuss this with your cardiac rehab team.

If insurance permits, you could be eligible for 36 rehab visits. Some insurance companies will authorize less than this. You can also terminate the program at any time. However, the longer you attend, the more you will benefit.

How do I enroll and get started?

A physician's referral and insurance pre-authorization are needed to start the cardiac rehabilitation program. Frankfort Regional Medical Center accepts most health insurance plans, including Medicare, that covers the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. A co-payment may be required for each exercise session.

Where is Cardiac Rehab located?

The Cardiac Rehab program is conveniently located near the main entrance of the hospital, on the east side of campus. Patients have access to dedicated parking spaces just north of the main entrance and a separate entrance directly from outside of the facility into Cardiac Rehab.

From inside the hospital, Cardiac Rehab is located next to the cafeteria off the main lobby of the hospital.