Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab

The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital offers cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation at its Elizabethtown Community Health Center. Individualized plans will be tailored to meet your need and may focus on physical activity, nutrition, and behavior.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is covered by most insurances and is recommended by physician for those who have been diagnosed with a heart condition, undergone a heart procedure, or had a heart attack. It is a specialized program that helps patients develop heart health through education, physical activity, and lifestyle modification interventions.

Our team designs a plan to help improve your physical and emotional condition while strengthening your heart and increasing activity levels.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Elizabethtown Focuses On:

Monitored Exercise

You will receive regular exercise during supervised and monitored sessions as well as encouragement and ideas for exercising outside of your visits. We supervise and monitor your exercise regimen to ensure an appropriate exertion level.

Adopting a Heart Healthy Diet

Through comprehensive education you will learn about foods that can be a positive change to your diet such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats and fish, whole grains, and low salt options.

Reduction of Everyday Stressors

You will learn to control your daily stress through a variety of relaxation techniques.

Pharmaceutical Education

This allows the patients to learn what the various medications they are prescribed do for their body.

Smoking Cessation

We offer a variety of methods to support your efforts to kick this harmful habit.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Am I a Candidate?

Candidates for Cardiac Rehabilitation include all individuals who have had a heart problem including:

  • Heart Attack
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Artery Disease à Create a link to another page for this branch of CR
  • Chest Pain (stable angina)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Angioplasty and Stents
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Repair

A physician will prescribe this program to control your symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, and improve quality of life.

What are the Goals & Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?
  • Have better overall health and a better quality of life
  • Lower your risk for heart attack or dying from heart disease
  • Stay out of the hospital and decrease medical bills
  • Manage your symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue
  • Increase physical fitness and endurance while being continuously monitored in a controlled environment by health professionals
  • Have a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes being active, eating healthy, losing weight, and not smoking
  • Manage other health problems such as high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Have more energy
  • Feel less depressed, stressed, or worried
  • Return to your usual activities, including work
  • Get support from your rehab team and other patients in the program
  • In some cases, lessen the need for medication
What we need before a patient starts the program:
  • Sent by the Referring Physician or Cardiologist:
    • Cardiac Catherization Interventional Report (if applicable)
    • Discharge Summary Report
    • Latest Office Note
    • Lipid Profile
    • Latest EKG
    • Latest Stress Test (Exercise Treadmill Test or Nuclear Test) – If applicable
    • MD Signed Referral to the program

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Phase IIIa Candidates:
  • Phase III is a 6-week (18 session) self-pay program that serves patients who are at risk but do not qualify for Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation. Some examples include:
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Surgically Repaired Aortic Aneurism
    • Controlled Atrial Fibrillation
    • Medically Managed Coronary Artery Disease
    • Pacemaker / Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Past Cardiac Intervention that is outside the time period that insurance covers for Phase II.
  • Participants pay an out-of-pocket (non-refundable) $300 fee and is as inclusive as Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Elizabethtown Program is AACVPR-Certified

  • Our cardiac rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a national organization with the mission to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. These certified programs provide education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management to all of our patients. With this certification, our program exceeds the national care standards to ensure that our patients are getting the very best care possible.

Our team includes:

  • Dylan Daniels, MS, ACSM-CEP, AACVPR-CPRP
  • Rebecca Crowningshield, RN, AEMT-CC
  • Suzanne Riley, RN
  • Jim McNaughton, RN
  • Theresa Schrauf, RN
  • Katie Lee, MS, ACSM-EP-C

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: 518-873-3170

Email Contact: ddaniels@ech.org

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