Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), the Cardiac Rehabilitation (also known as Cardiac Rehab) program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center uses education, exercise and emotional support to support a patient after a cardiac event to the best possible recovery.
The program is comprised of progressive exercise and education for people who have experienced, or who are at high risk for, a heart attack, heart surgery or cardiac intervention such as angioplasty or stent placement.
Cardiac Rehab is divided into phases, with Phase I occurring during the patient's hospital stay and the other phases beginning after an individual has been discharged from the hospital, or any time upon a physician's referral. The phases are as follows:
Phase I occurs during a patient's hospital stay. During Phase I, a Cardiac Rehab staff member provides one-on-one education for the patient regarding his or her disease state. Education materials also are given to the patient. Phase I is provided free of charge.
Phase II begins after the patient has been discharged from the hospital or upon a physician's referral. In Phase II, patients exercise three times per week following individualized programs during which the Cardiac Rehab staff continuously monitors patients' heart rates and rhythms. Additionally, Educational Seminars are offered weekly to help the patient better understand heart disease. This phase is 12 weeks based on individual needs and progress. For payment information, please see financial information section.
Patients who have completed Phase II, or meet the entry criteria, may be referred to Phase III. This phase consists of a variety of exercises and strength training. Phase III participants exercise under the close supervision of cardiac rehab staff, who are available for advice, counseling and intervention.
Home Exercise Consultation
This will consist of a one-hour consult with an Exercise Physiologist. He/She will discuss the benefits of adhering to an exercise prescription and review the safety guidelines for your heart with you. This service is not covered by insurance. Please call 770-219-8290 for pricing.
Phase I is offered free of charge. Many health insurance plans will reimburse much of the cost of the Phase II program. The Cardiac Rehab staff and the Financial Counseling Department, will work with the patient and the insurance company to determine the extent of coverage prior to patient participation. Please speak to the rehab staff about financial information for Phase III.
Who is a Candidate for Cardiac Rehab?
Anyone with a history of heart disease is a prime candidate for the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Examples of people who could benefit are those who have had: a heart attack angioplasty, stent placement or other cardiac interventional procedure angina pectoris (chest pain) coronary bypass surgery heart valve replacement cardiomyopathy congestive heart failure a heart transplant.
Have questions or need more information? Fill out a contact form, or call Heart & Vascular Services at 770-219-5416.
Click to download or view a .pdf copy of this complete resource guide that we give to all of our Cardiac Rehab patients.