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Heart and Vascular


Issue 1-2: Heart Attack

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Find a Free Health Screening
Take the "Are You Ready" Quiz
Helping Others During a Heart Attack
Life After a Heart Attack
Cardiac and Stroke Support Groups
Take the Heart Quiz
Know Your Numbers
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Eating
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
How Can A Cardiologist Help My Heart?
Chew On This
What to Expect at the ER
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab is an outpatient rehabilitation program that helps you get moving and make your heart stronger under the supervision of specially trained cardiac nurses. Typically your physician will ask you to participate in cardiac rehab after a heart event like a heart attack or heart surgery. But, sometimes it’s recommended to help patients reduce heart disease risk factors.

Studies show cardiac rehab programs

Lower future heart attack risk. Most insurance plans cover 36 sessions. (Check with your insurance to see if and when your plan covers cardiac rehab.) People who attend all sessions are less likely to have a heart attack over the next three to four years than those who don’t attend.

Lower risk of death from a future heart attack. Patients who go to cardiac rehab reduce their risk of death by 47%. (Source: Duke University)

Reduce high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stress.

Improve your quality of life. Cardiac rehab improves your exercise capacity, enhancing your independence and sense of well-being. Now it may be easier to climb stairs, carry your own groceries and play with the children in your life.

More than exercise

Physicians and nurses oversee cardiac rehab programs. They offer training for safe physical activity but also include:

  • Education on heart-healthy living, including diet.
  • Help with managing risk factors: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking
  • Counseling to help manage stress
  • Support for quitting smoking or losing weight

Other Rehab Services

External Counterpulsation Therapy (ECP)

A non-invasive therapy that helps restore healthy circulation for individuals with inoperable symptoms of angina (i.e., chest pain) from heart disease. Symptoms from congestive heart failure may also be improved through the use of this therapy. For cardiac patients who are not surgical candidates, ECP may provide an option to improve their ability to perform daily activities and live a more normal lifestyle.

Home Exercise Clinic

Available for select cardiac patients or patients at risk for heart disease. Patients whose physicians have determined to be safe to exercise independently at home may be admitted to this program. Participants record home exercise habits and report regularly to the cardiac rehabilitation therapist. Periodic electrocardiogram-monitored exercise sessions are performed at one of our cardiac rehabilitation facilities to update the home exercise instructions. In addition, participants receive educational materials to learn about ways to prevent the progression of coronary artery disease.

ProMedica offers cardiac rehab programs across our region. You’ll need a referral from your physician. So talk with your doctor or call the ProMedica cardiac rehabilitation location nearest you:


ProMedica Bixby Hospital
818 Riverside Ave., Adrian, Mich. 49221


ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
1200 Ralston Ave., Defiance, Ohio 43512


ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital
501 Van Buren St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830


ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital
5901 Monclova Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537


ProMedica Flower Hospital
5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania, Ohio 43560