Following heart surgery or a heart procedure, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons typically refer patients to Community Memorial's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Patients can utilize Community Memorial's program regardless of where they had surgery.
Patients undergo a comprehensive program of exercise, risk factor modification and heart health education in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Our professional team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dieticians and behavioral health experts — all of whom work together to design a program that will help patients get back on their feet.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is comprised of three phases - inpatient, outpatient and maintenance.
Your rehabilitation program begins while you are a patient at Community Memorial Hospital. It is important to follow the nurses' and exercise physiologists' instructions regarding range of motion, movement and walking.
Prior to discharge from Community Memorial Hospital you will have a visit from a Cardiac Rehabilitation staff member to discuss your individualized rehabilitation treatment plan. This is a good time to ask questions and discuss your concerns regarding rehabilitation.
The outpatient phase of the program begins one to several weeks following discharge from the hospital. During the outpatient phase, specially trained staff will help you advance in your exercise capacity and learn more about heart disease, diet, exercise and taking care of yourself.
Exercise sessions meet three times a week at one of five available class times. Each class session lasts approximately one hour. Your exercise prescription is individually designed to help you regain cardiovascular health and physical strength. Program length is determined by both exercise and educational goal attainment.
Once you complete the outpatient phase, you may begin the maintenance phase. While you are no longer required to participate in classes, you may still exercise in the cardiac rehab gym and ask questions of staff members.
Education is the Key
In addition to exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation provides heart health education. Our health care professionals provide vital information about heart disease, risk factor management, proper nutrition and weight management, understanding exercise, heart disease treatments and stress management.
Patients seeking cardiac rehabilitation services at Community Memorial Hospital first must obtain a prescription from a cardiologist or primary care physician.
Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Class times are:
- 8-9 a.m.
- 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- 11 a.m. - noon
- 1-2 p.m.
- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Prior to starting a cardiac rehabilitation program, contact your insurance company to verify coverage. Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation following a diagnosis of heart attack, stent placement, bypass or valve surgery or stable angina.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located just minutes from the hospital at North Hills Health Center, near the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road in Menomonee Falls. There is ample free parking in a surface lot in front of the building.
For more information about Community Memorial Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call Careconnection at 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332.