The Importance of Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Post-Discharge

Published February 8, 2016

If you or a family member have recently experienced a cardiac event, you know first hand that recuperating and rehabilitating from this life-changing episode can be a daunting process. But being discharged from the hospital shouldn't be the end of your rehab--it should be the beginning of another phase, which can include outpatient cardiac rehab. 

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is one of the more underutilized rehabilitation services available. With American Heart Month this February, it’s smart to know all your options. Here’s a breakdown of some of the Medicare eligible diagnoses for Cardiac Rehabilitation Services:

  • Current Stable Angina
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • CABG
  • Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) or Coronary Stent:
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant
  • Stable Chronic Heart Failure

There are numerous qualifications for these conditions that must be met, so it’s important to check with your insurance directly. For these diagnoses, participation is covered for 36, 1-hour sessions.

Burke’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program follows hospital discharge or a new cardiac diagnosis. Phase II cardiac rehabilitation consists of a 12 week-program that strives to assist patients in increasing their exercise tolerance, reducing symptoms, improving blood lipid and blood sugar levels, lowering weight, smoking and stress levels and improving wellbeing.

For more information on the program, click here.


Information prepared by Murray Low, EdD, FAACVPR, FACSM, MAACVPR

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