Cardiologists from the Central Minnesota Heart Center in St. Cloud Hospital provide highest-quality care to cardiac and post-surgical patients, and to those who need cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. cardiac stress testing and nuclear studies. Referrals are made through your physician.
It takes 5-6 weeks for the heart to heal after a heart attack. During this recovery stage, it is important that you get enough rest, but it is also important to get a moderate amount of exercise. Your cardiologist or surgeon will refer you to Cardiac Rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and you will be contacted by one of the cardiology nurses to set up your appointment schedule.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a monitored exercise program that combines education, exercise, and support for people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, or other conditions related to the heart. During rehabilitation we will watch your heart rhythm on a heart monitor while you exercise. We will guide you through a series of exercises to strengthen all of your muscles, including your heart. This includes starting an exercise program, making dietary changes and helping your family adjust to a healthier lifestyle.
SCBH offers two phases of cardiac rehabilitation, meeting 3 times a week, usually for one hour. After session completion, we have quarterly support group meetings. For more information call the Cardiology Dept. at 320-843-4232 ext. 318.