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Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West), Suite 210
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 494-7022

Cardiac Rehabilitation is the process of returning an individual to as active a lifestyle as possible for that individual after a cardiac event. Often, the cardiac rehabilitation experience begins in the hospital or an introduction prior to a cardiac surgical procedure. 

Fremont Resident Has His Heart in the Right Place: Click here to read about cardiac rehab participant Doug Taylor's journey

Cardiac Rehabilitation during the Hospital Stay:
The first hospital visit often includes teaching, psychological support, and reassurance. Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses also routinely see the patent and family during the hospital stay to reinforce teaching and assist in preparing the patient to go home.

Mended Hearts - For people who have had heart surgery, heart attack, angioplasty, angina and/or other cardiac conditions. This support group gives people a chance to share their struggles with others who understand their situation as well as learn to lead a more heart healthy lifestyle. To get involved with Mended Hearts, call (510) 494-7022. For more information about the national Mended Hearts, visit www.mendedhearts.org

  • Randy and Diane Catalano (left) both underwent triple bypass surgery and are grateful for the care they received at Washington Hospital. They now give their time through Mended Hearts. Randy is now president of the local chapter of Mended Heart and Diane is one of four certified Mended Hearts visitors at Washington Hospital.

Out-Patient Cardiac Rehabilitation:
Patients are ready to begin the out-patient cardiac rehabilitation program four to six weeks after surgery, although some patients will be able to start sooner, with physician approval.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is provided in a series of one hour classes, which include 10 minutes of warm up and stretching; 40 minutes of exercise conditioning, and 10 minutes of cool down and stretching. All exercise is done while the heart is monitored using portable telemetry monitoring under the observation of an exercise physiologist. In this way, patients are able to learn their level of exercise as well as improve and progress in a closely monitored environment.

To begin the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, a physician's referral is required. In addition, the referral may have to be authorized by the physician's office with the insurance company. Medicare will cover patients who have coronary artery disease with related procedures such as coronary artery bypass or angioplasty. Medicare will approve twelve weeks of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (36 sessions); many supplemental insurance plans cover the majority of the balance. In addition to coronary disease, many of the private insurance companies will reimburse for cardiomyopathy and valvular heart disease.

Cardiac rehabilitation classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Classes are held at 8 a.m.; 9:15 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 12 Noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation are many and include:

  • Strengthening of the heart
  • General body conditioning
  • Early detection of medical problems
  • Weight loss
  • Better blood sugar control
  • Better blood pressure control
  • Improved lipid panel
  • Restored self confidence
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Improved socialization
  • Individual counseling

In addition to the monitored cardiac rehabilitation programs, a supervised exercise class is also provided. The participants come to the same Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes listed above. The cost of the program costs $8.50 per session and may not be covered by insurance. The advantages of the program include minimization of the risks associated with cardiac disease and staying in touch with a healthy lifestyle.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is located on the 2nd floor of our Washington West facility at 2500 Mowry Avenue, across the street from the hospital. Easy patient parking and elevator access are provided. To contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation department, call (510)494-7022.

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