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Cardiac Rehab

The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program at St. Vincent's St. Clair helps patients return to their regular routine as quickly as possible. The program is designed for patients with cardiovascular problems, specifically those who have had a heart attack, open heart surgery, stents and/or stable angina. A staff of cardiologists, registered nurses, exercise specialist, and dietitians coordinate programs to meet your physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs. This combined cardiovascular exercise, monitoring, and daily education is provided in a fun, casual environment. The program is provided multiple times during the day to fit your schedule. Each patient has an individual exercise prescription designed by an exercise specialist. The prescription is based on the patient's personal goals and the patient's own level of fitness. During each exercise session, the patient wears a heart monitor that provides continuous electrocardiographic monitoring. Classes consist of a warm up/stretch, cardiovascular exercise, and a cool-down period. The length of the program varies from six to twelve weeks, depending on the needs of the patient. The information provided here serves to answer frequently asked questions about our services. If you need further information, please contact St. Vincent's St. Clair Cardiac Rehab at (205) 338-2939. We are here to meet your needs.

Who will be treating me?
St. Vincent's St. Clair Cardiac Rehab is proud of its highly qualified Registered Nurses and Exercise Specialists. To enroll in the St. Vincent's St. Clair Cardiac Rehab Program, patients must have a physician referral prior to beginning the program. Most insurance carriers reimburse all or part of the program.

What are the hours of operation?
St. Vincent's St. Clair Cardiac Rehab is open Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. by appointment.

What should I wear?
Remember to dress comfortably. Wear loose fitting clothes and rubber sole shoes. Please do not wear open toe shoes.

What will I need to bring to my first appointment?
Your initial visit will include a one-on-one evaluation with a rehab professional and an exercise test that will enable our staff to determine your individual exercise needs and goals. Be sure to bring your current medical insurance card, driver's license, and the referral for therapy from your physician if it was given to you. Also, bring a list of your current medications.

 


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