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Cardiac Rehab Clinic

Cardiac Rehab Clinic

MIHS offers Phase II and Phase III Cardiac Rehab in the Cardiology Clinic located on the third floor of the Comprehensive Health Center building.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is for those who have experienced a recent cardiac event such as myocardial infarction, coronary stenting, balloon angioplasty, coronary valve repair or replacement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery and those diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. A referral from a physician is required.

The Phase II program typically starts as monitored low-level aerobic exercise. As the participant progresses, strength training is often added. A Cardiac Rehab session generally lasts one hour. The Phase II Cardiac Rehab program is usually authorized by insurance companies for 36 visits. Most insurance companies will cover the entire cost of Phase II Cardiac Rehab.

Phase III Cardiac Rehab is offered for those who would like to continue to participate in cardiac rehab after the completion of the Phase II program. The Phase III program does not require any insurance authorization for participation and may continue for as long as the participant wishes.

The following treatments and services are also provided in the Cardiology Clinic:

Anti-Coagulation Clinic
The Anti-Coagulation Clinic helps patients on blood thinners like Coumadin manage their medications. Regular monitoring is very important because when used incorrectly, or without regular blood tests, anticoagulants can cause serious side effects. In the clinic, patients have a finger test (no blood draw required) and get their results immediately. A provider can adjust the dosage if necessary and answer any questions.

Event Monitor (30 Day)
An event monitor is small recorder that is attached to electrodes on the patient’s chest. It is worn continuously for 30 days (or longer if the doctor requests). If symptoms are felt the patient presses an event button and the heart's rhythm is recorded and saved in the recorder. The rhythm is transmitted over the phone line which will show up as an EKG for analysis.

Holter Monitor (24 or 48 Hour)
A holter monitor is a small recorder that is attached to electrodes which are placed on the patient’s chest. It records the heart's rhythm continuously for 24-48 hours. The patient is asked to do all their normal daily activities. After the monitor is removed, the patient’s heart activity will be analyzed to allow the doctor to discover any irregular heartbeats, the type of irregular heartbeat, how long they last, as well as what may be causing them.

Pacemaker Checks
Once the pacemaker is implanted, it is periodically checked to ensure the device is operational and performing properly. Routine pacemaker checks are typically done every six months. Frequency of checks may vary based on the device and time from device implantation.

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