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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient education and exercise program that helps individuals return to the best possible health after heart attack or bypass surgery. It also benefits people who have heart disease, or who are considered high risk for heart disease.
We help participants increase their ability to handle work and activity, and improve their well-being and awareness of health problems.
Three times a week for approximately 12 weeks, participants use stationary bicycles, treadmills, arm ergometers and other equipment to maintain the heart rate at a specified training level. Electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood pressure are monitored during exercise.
To facilitate the exercise programs, individual and group educational sessions are held for patients and family members. A registered dietitian, registered nurse and exercise specialist present a number of topics:
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Cardiac medications
  • Angina
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Stress management
  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Smoking and heart disease
  • Nutrition for better health
This program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Who Should Attend Cardiac Rehabilitation?

  • Anyone with a history of heart disease
  • Anyone with risk factors for heart disease
  • Anyone interested in joining a gym (rehabilitation is a safe, medically supervised step before joining a gym or fitness center)

How Can I Join Cardiac Rehab?

If you have a heart condition, your physician needs to provide an order for monitored cardiac rehab phase II. Either the physician's office or you can contact us at (989) 846-3415 or stop by the main entrance of St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital.
If you do not have heart disease, but want to reduce your chances of getting it, you can learn how to stay healthy by enrolling in the program. A non-monitored phase of cardiac rehab is available (phase III). Most health insurances do not cover this phase. The cost is $40.00 for nine (9) visits.

Proven Benefits of Exercise

  • Improved cardiac function
  • Increased work capacity
  • Improved strength and flexibility
  • Weight management
  • Better diet control
  • Decreased desire for cigarettes
  • Reduced depression, tension and anxiety
  • Higher energy levels and increased self-esteem

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic showed a 45 percent decrease in mortality rate among those who attended a Cardiac Rehab program.

Health Insurance Coverage

Your health insurance company may cover a portion of the costs for cardiac rehabilitation. To be on the safe side, please check with your insurance carrier to make sure. If you discover that cardiac rehabilitation is not a covered benefit, we can help you to pursue other resources that may be available to you.
For More Information
Cardiac Rehabilitation is located in the outpatient area of the hospital. For your convenience, use the main entrance. If you have any questions, contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at (989) 846-3415.

Cardiac Testing

St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital is pleased to offer cardiac testing procedures close to home so that patients do not need to travel outside the area.
Stress Testing
Cardiac stress testing can be useful in identifying partial blockages in the coronary arteries. Heart disease can be missed on EKG or physical examination when a person is at rest. In these cases, cardiac problems may only become apparent when the heart is asked to perform at increased workloads.
As a result, your physician may order a stress test to evaluate your heart and vascular system during exercise.
St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital offers the following stress tests to help your physician check the efficiency of the heart muscle and check for coronary blockages.
  • Dobutamine Nuclear Stress Test
  • Graded Exercise Treadmill (GXT) Stress Test
  • Graded Exercise Treadmill (GXT) Nuclear Stress Test
  • Persantine Nuclear Stress Test
  • Stress Echocardiogram - combines an echocardiogram and stress test
  • Lexiscan Nuclear Stress Test
  • Dobutamine Stress Echo 
The GXT and nuclear treadmill stress tests consist of walking on a treadmill at various speeds and inclines during testing. The dobutamine and Lexiscan testing procedures are equivalent options when a patient is unable to walk on the treadmill.
General Procedure for Stress Testing
A small amount of radioactive pharaceutical material is injected via an IV into the blood stream. This will allow imaging of the blood flow to the heart's muscle to check its function.
The total time of the procedure varies from 3-6 hours, depending upon the testing physician. The test is done in two parts - resting and stress. This allows the physician to examine the status of the heart's capability and function under both conditions. An EKG will monitor the heart's electrical status and the radioactive pharmaceutical will trace the blood flow and contraction force.
Heart Monitoring
The Cardiac Diagnostics Lab also offers heart monitoring:
  • 24-Hour Holter Monitor
  • 30-Day Event Monitor
  • 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitor
The Cardiac Diagnostics Lab is located in the outpatient area. For your convenience, please use the main entrance.
Cardiac test results are sent to your physician for evaluation and follow-up. For more information, call (989) 846-3415.
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