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Understanding Cardiac Rehabilitation

Who We Are and What We Do?

Lee Health’s cardiac rehabilitation program helps heart patients by providing a comprehensive plan that includes medical expertise, exercise, education, and counseling so they can take charge, recover from illness, and live a full and active life.

Have you recently had a heart attack? Are you recovering from heart surgery? Cardiac rehabilitation will help. A focused, detailed plan of action also improves the health of patients with heart disease.

Patients who undergo cardiac rehabilitation may experience reduced cardiac symptoms, better long-term survival, weight loss, improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improved blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, improved endurance and strength, improved quality of life, and reduced stress.

By choosing Lee Health’s cardiac rehabilitation, you’re choosing a healthier way of life. In fact, many program participants experience fewer hospital stays and a lower risk of developing future heart problems. Ask your physician for a referral to cardiac rehabilitation.

How is it Done?

Lee Health’s cardiac rehabilitation program provides comprehensive care in a center that helps you feel safe and supported. Most insurance plans cover cardiac rehabilitation with the patient responsible for any co-pay or balance due.

Cardiac rehabilitation is important for individuals who have had any of the following:

  • A recent heart attack
  • Heart surgery, such as:
    • coronary artery bypass
    • heart valve replacement or repair
  • Angioplasty or stenting
  • Stable angina
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable chronic heart failure when specific criteria is met

Cardiac rehabilitation works in phases:

Phase 1 (Inpatient)

If your cardiac condition requires a hospital stay, your rehabilitation will begin while you are in the hospital. You will learn about your heart’s function, heart disease, the role diet and exercise play in your recovery, and you will begin limited physical activity.

Your physician will usually make a patient referral to Phase 2 Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation when you are discharged from the hospital.

Phase 2 (Outpatient)

Patients who undergo Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation have had recent heart problems such as angina, heart attack, angioplasty/stent, heart surgery, and stable chronic heart failure. Phase 2 is a medically supervised program and includes education, support, and exercise. The Phase 2 program meets the individual needs and personal goals of each participant.

Phase 2 focuses on improving quality of life and reducing the risks associated with heart problems. Patients are encouraged to begin the program within 2-4 weeks after discharge from the hospital.

Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation takes place at HealthPark Medical Plaza One and Cape Coral Hospital. Cardiac Rehab Phase 2 will also be at the new Lee Health Coconut Point location opening in late 2018. Patients need a physician referral to get into the program. This usually happens at discharge from the hospital after a cardiac event or procedure.

Medicare covers approximately 80 percent of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. Most supplemental insurance will cover the remainder of the balance if the patient has a supplemental policy.

Phase 3 (Maintenance)

Heart patients who have completed Phase 2 or need less supervision are encouraged to participate in Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation. This program emphasizes independence while helping the patient to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Phase 3 programs take place at the Healthy Life Center-Fort Myers and Healthy Life Center-Cape Coral. Trained exercise specialists are available to assist and guide patients in their exercise.

Phase 3 patients also have the ability to use our new Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch facility.

A physician must refer a patient for the program. Because Phase 3 is considered a maintenance program, the membership fee is usually not covered by insurance companies. For more information, call the location of your choice.

Technology and Expertise at Lee Health

The Lee Health Cardiac Rehab program offers patients the most advanced cardiac rehabilitation facility in the area. The Lee Health Cardiac Rehab Phase 2 programs are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

We also provide a dedicated and highly trained staff. Our team works closely with your physician and includes medical professionals from a variety of disciplines who understand the challenges of living with heart disease. They will teach you how to meet those challenges.

For Phase 2 patients, please note:

  • We provide full medical supervision at all times.
  • We provide a safe environment, where your heart function can be carefully monitored during exercise.
  • Doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, and a dietitian are all included in the care team.

Who to contact

For more information on the cardiac rehabilitation program at Lee Health, call:

Phase 2 Outpatient Program
HealthPark Medical Plaza One............... 239-343-5720
Cape Coral Hospital................................. 239-424-2396
Phase 3 Maintenance Program
Healthy Life Center-Fort Myers.................239-343-4980
Healthy Life Center-Cape Coral.................239-424-3220
Healthy Life Center-Babcock Ranch.........239-343-3540

Maps and Directions

HealthPark Medical Plaza One: 8900 S. HealthPark Drive, Suite 140, Fort Myers, FL 33908

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Cape Coral Hospital: 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990

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