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Sanford Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Our cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to reduce the risk of future heart problems by helping patients understand heart disease and develop a healthy lifestyle.

How do I get started?

You need your doctor's approval to get started in cardiac rehab. Tell your doctor or nurse that you're interested in cardiac rehab and ask which rehab services or plans are best for you.

  • In an outpatient setting. You may perform your outpatient therapy in our department located at the hospital, in a medical or professional center, in a community facility such as the YMCA or at your place of work. You may even complete cardiac rehab exercises at home. You will be advised to increase the amount of exercise you do. You will also receive education and encouragement to control your risk factors.
  • After you have learned the skills of heart-healthy living, you should continue to use them for life.

Keys to heart health

  • Exercise: regular physical activity that is tailored to your abilities, needs and interests
  • Education: learning about your heart problem, its causes and treatments and how you can manage it
  • Counseling: advice on why and how to change your lifestyle to lower your risk of further heart problems
  • Behavior change: learning specific skills to enable you to stop unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or to begin healthy behaviors such as eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Heart-healthy diet: our nutritional services team is available for consults to assist you in maintaining lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol.
  • Medication compliance: The pharmacist is available to educate you about your medication regime and answer any questions you may have.

Cardiac rehabilitation team

Cardiac rehab services can involve many healthcare providers. Your team may include: Doctors (your family doctor, a heart specialist, perhaps a surgeon), physician assistants/nurse practitioners, nurses, exercise specialists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists or other behavior therapists.

Sometimes a primary care provider, such as your family doctor or nurse practitioner, works alone playing many roles or refers patients to other health care specialists as needed.

The most important member of your cardiac rehab team is you. No one else can make you exercise or quit smoking or eat a more healthy diet.

To be an active member of the cardiac rehab team:
  • Learn about your heart condition
  • Learn what you can do to help your heart
  • Follow the treatment plan
  • Feel free to ask questions
  • Report symptoms or problems

A support network can help you. Your support network may be family, friends, or a group of other people with heart problems.

Family members and friends can make a difference. They may want to learn more about heart problems so their help can be even more valuable. For example, family members may have to learn to let you do things for yourself. Or they may want to learn about preparing heart-healthy meals. Your family and friends can give you emotional support as you adjust to a new, healthier lifestyle.

You may also want the support of other people who have heart disease. Ask your cardiac rehab team if they know of a support group you can join.

Sanford's cardiac rehabilitation awarded recertification

Sanford's cardiac rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Sanford's cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to help heart patients recover more quickly and to improve their overall physical, mental and social functioning. Cardiac rehab also helps patients decrease their risk for another cardiac event. National research shows that cardiac death is 26 percent lower in patients who participated in a certified rehabilitation program, compared with those who did not. For more information, call (701) 323-6306.

Contact information

Sanford Medical Center
Cardiac Rehabilitation
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Telephone: (701) 323-6306


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