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Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

Heart conditions can take years to develop and resolving the issue doesn’t happen overnight. At Rochester Regional Health’s cardiac rehabilitation centers, caring for your heart continues even after you leave the hospital. Our cardiac rehab programs provide comprehensive support that can restore your health and help you avoid future heart problems altogether.

No matter where in our region you call home, you have convenient access to a cardiac rehab program that can safely help you rebuild your strength, stamina, and get your life back.

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Rochester Regional Health offers three rehabilitation programs for people looking to back on their feet.

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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 

You will benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if you've had a recent heart event such as a myocardial infarction (MI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), angioplasty (PTCA), stent, angina, congestive heart failure, valve repair, LVAD, or heart transplant. Our Cardiac Rehab is a medically supervised exercise program with lifestyle modifications and health educators to help individuals with heart disease live long and healthy lives.

We will create a personalized exercise program focused on helping you build stamina and endurance. This will strengthen your heart muscle, reduce your cardiac symptoms, and improve your quality of life. We will also coach you on lifestyle changes that can help reduce your future cardiac risks. You can attend classes on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and heart health.  

All our programs are supervised by our highly experienced and certified staff of nurses and exercise physiologists. Each recommendation is customized, but the program generally involves 36 exercise and/or education sessions.

Most health insurance plans cover the majority of program costs; copays and deductibles apply.

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Peripheral Arterial Disease Rehabilitation

The PAD Rehabilitation Program is for those who have difficulty walking because of PAD or circulatory problems in their legs. Aging, diabetes, and smoking can lead to leg pain, cramping, burning, and limping as a result of minimal exertion.

This program is a 12-week, medically-supervised program personalized to fit your individual needs. The advantages of vascular rehab include:

  • Improved walking distance (endurance)
  • Improved quality of life and stress management
  • Increased muscular endurance and strength
  • Reduced risk of PAD progression, thereby reducing cardiovascular risk factors

Eligibility

If you experience intermittent pain or profound fatigue in the muscle that is brought on by exertion, and then relieved by a few moments of rest, you may be a candidate for vascular rehabilitation. If you have had a surgical procedure and no longer have discomfort, you are not eligible for the program.

Most health insurance plans cover the majority of program costs; copays and deductibles apply.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

For over 25 years, our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program - the only one in the area - has helped patients live better by breathing better. Our eight-to-ten week program is for patients with:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and cystic fibrosis
  • Restrictive lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, or scleroderma
  • Preparation and recovery from a lung transplant, lung volume reduction, or lung cancer procedure

Each participant will begin the program with a personalized evaluation before attending eight weeks of sessions. Sessions focus on:

  • Identifying, modifying, and managing your risk factors
  • Improving your day-to-day functionality
  • Educating you and your family on how to best manage heart or lung disease
  • Showing you how to alleviate your symptoms and enhance your quality of life

Most health insurance plans cover the majority of program costs; copays and deductibles apply.

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Frequently Asked Rehabilitation Questions


Who benefits from cardiac rehabilitation?

You will benefit from cardiac rehab if you’ve had a recent heart event, such as an angioplasty (PTCA), angina, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), heart transplant, LVAD, myocardial infarction (MI), stent, valve repair, or valve replacement.

What can cardiac rehab do for me?

We will create a personalized exercise program that will help you build stamina and endurance. This will strengthen your heart muscle, reduce your cardiac symptoms, and improve your quality of life. We’ll also coach you on lifestyle changes that can help reduce your future cardiac risks even further. You’ll have the opportunity to attend classes on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and heart health.

How are your exercise programs run?

All of our programs are supervised by our highly experienced and certified staff of nurses and exercise physiologists. We offer state-of-the-art exercise equipment in accessible and convenient facilities throughout Western NY and the Finger Lakes?

How long does the program last?

While each program is personalized to fit your needs, programs generally involve 36 exercise and/or education sessions. This typically includes two to three sessions per week as you work through your program.

Does my health insurance cover the program?

Most major insurance companies cover our services (co-pays and deductibles apply). We would be happy to work with you to determine your specific coverage.

Does I need a referral from my physician?

Yes, you will need a referral from your provider.

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