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Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Miami Valley Hospital is dedicated to educate, motivate, and create personal responsibility for disease management and prevention. The staff will coach the patient and the family, tailoring the method for delivery of these services to their individual needs.

At Miami Valley Hospital, we recognize that cardiac rehabilitation is an essential part of recovery for same-day or hospitalized care. Heart disease or heart procedures are often not a cure.

Cardiac rehab is your next step—and an essential one. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Miami Valley Hospital can help you rebuild your self-confidence and endurance.

Under a cardiologist’s medical direction, registered nurses, cardiac rehabilitation exercise specialists and registered dietitians provide education and exercise therapy tailored to your individual needs. Together these professionals guide you toward a healthy lifestyle that includes regular aerobic exercise, low-fat diet, reduced stress and a new sense of well-being.

The Four Phases of MVH Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase I – After your surgery, education is provided while you are in the hospital. This includes individual and family instruction on heart disease and risk factors, such as lifestyle and heredity. The hospital offers continuous cardiac videos you can watch in your room. These identify and modify risk factors such as diet, stress, smoking, and lack of exercise. There is also instruction on low-level activity you can start at home. One to two weeks after leaving the hospital, you will attend a follow-up class. This gives you an opportunity to have questions answered.

Phase I-1/2
This class occurs twice each month. Patients usually attend within 1-2 weeks after discharge depending upon the diagnosis. This is a follow-up education class that continues to build upon information that has been introduced while in the hospital and answers any questions you may have.

Phase II
This customized one-on-one exercise program is based on you as an individual. It usually begins two to four weeks after leaving the hospital. A specific goal is developed between you and the staff. You will participate in three exercise sessions and one education session per week to achieve that goal. You usually wear a heart monitor for exercise

It will be explained that you still have heart disease and need to view life from that perspective. You will get pointers on preventing another heart attack and managing your medications. There are seven educational classes as part of the program. Sessions could last six to 12 weeks, depending on your care plan. While in phase II patients also meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian.

Phase III
You may continue to wear a heart rate monitor during this phase. When you no longer need critical exercise monitoring in the hospital, you are ready for the supervised exercise phase. This phase is where your lifestyle changes the most. It helps you develop an exercise regimen, as well as maintain and increase endurance in aerobic activity. You will usually wear a heart monitor for the exercise. The goal is to get you back to the physical shape level you were in before surgery. 

Phase IV
During this phase, you complete the cardiac rehab program but continue to exercise in a supervised setting. You must set goals for controlling your personal risk factors for heart disease in order to return to an active life. This phase continues to build on your progress and encourages good exercise habits. In reality, cardiac rehab doesn't strengthen your heart muscles; it strengthens the cardiovascular system and other muscles that benefit your heart.

Candidates for Cardiac Rehab

Most people who have heart conditions can benefit from a cardiac rehab program. You may benefit if you have or have had a:

  • Heart attack 
  • Heart condition, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), angina, or heart failure
  • Heart procedure or surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery; percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), including coronary angioplasty (balloon angioplasty) and stenting; valve replacement, or a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Spouses are Welcome

Spouses are encouraged to participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Many patients welcome this support during their rehab. Spouses benefit from the regular exercise and educational components of the program.


The fees for all phases are available upon request. Most health insurance plans offer reimbursement for only Phases I and II of cardiac rehabilitation.

Take the First Step

Starting down the road to a healthier you is easy. Call the Miami Valley Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at (937) 208-2375. You may begin the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program upon referral from your physician. A member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff will provide the information needed to obtain your physician’s referral.

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