CAREing Hearts

CAREing Hearts is a medically supervised cardiac rehab program. Our program consists of:
  • Telemetry monitoring
  • Supervised exercise
  • Education classes
  • Health screening
  • Risk factor modification 
Our goal is to help people with heart disease and other related conditions exercise with confidence and reach their highest level of wellness.

  What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac Rehab offers many benefits. It can improve your ability to carry out activities of daily living, reduce your heart disease risk factors, improve your quality of life, improve your outlook and emotional stability and increase your knowledge of your disease and how to manage it.
In addition exercise in a carefully monitored setting allows the patient to recover their function as quickly as possible.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehab?
You may benefit if you have experienced:
  • Heart attack
  • Chest pain/angina
  • Angioplasty or stent procedure
  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy
Our Programs
Inpatient (Phase I) Cardiac Rehab
The inpatient program occurs while you are in the hospital. The program consists of:
  • Assisted ambulation with hemodynamic monitoring
  • Individual risk factor education
  • Guidelines on safe exercise and healthy eating
  • Information on outpatient cardiac rehab 
Outpatient (Phase II) Cardiac Rehab
The outpatient program begins after you are discharged from the hospital. Patients must have underwent bypass surgery, stent or PCI placement, valve replacement or repair, cardiac transplant, or suffered from a myocardial infarction to quality for rehab. 

Classes located in the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department are held three times a week for approximately eight weeks. Our outpatient program consists of:
  • Heart rate, blood pressure and telemetry monitoring
  • Personal cardiovascular and strengthening exercise program
  • Home exercise guidelines
  • Preparation for return to work and home activities
  • Educational classes designed to identify and reduce cardiac risk factors
  • Up to date reports to your primary physician or cardiologist
Maintenance and Prevention (Phase III)
Our maintenance program is designed to be a long-term supervised exercise program. Many former Phase II patients join to maintain their exercise routine. The program consists of:
  • Supervised exercise
  • Monitored blood pressure and heart rate
  • Telemetry monitoring up to twice a month
  • Education classes
  • Health screenings
  • Up-to-date reports to your primary care provider or cardiology
The maintenance prevention program is held in the BDCH Rehab Department.

How Can I Start?
If you feel you qualify and could benefit from one of these three programs, speak to your doctor.  A doctor’s referral is required to attend all cardiac rehab programs.

You or your doctor can call the BDCH Cardiac Rehabilitation Department with any question at 920-356-6361.