Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Beaumont’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is an individually designed, medically-supervised exercise and cardiovascular risk factor reduction program for cardiac patients. Our comprehensive professional team includes:

  • medical director (cardiologist)
  • program director (PhD) Royal Oak location only
  • program manager
  • cardiology nurses
  • exercise physiologists/specialists

Research studies demonstrate that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs like those offered at Beaumont can increase functional capacity or fitness, decrease anginal symptoms, improve survival, enhance quality of life, positively influence cardiovascular risk factors, and potentially reduce the need for additional cardiac revascularization procedures.

Some of the conditions or procedures that may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation include, but are not limited to:

  • congestive heart failure
  • angina pectoris
  • heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • congenital heart conditions
  • cardiomyopathies
  • post-coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • post-heart transplantation
  • post-aortic dissection
  • post-angioplasty or stent insertion
  • implanted pacemaker/defibrillator
  • post-valvular repair/replacement

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients who have had a recent cardiac event, procedure or diagnosis may be eligible for Phase II cardiac rehabilitation. A referral from your cardiologist is required to enroll. Phase II cardiac rehabilitation consists of:

  • individual, one-time orientation with an exercise physiologist or nurse
  • regularly scheduled 45-60 minute exercise sessions two to three days per week, with ECG-monitoring
  • comprehensive medical supervision
  • cardiovascular risk factor education

To complement your exercise program, you may elect to participate in an educational counseling session, a stress reduction group, a cardiac support group (see Guiding Hearts), and resistance training, if appropriate. Dietary counseling and diabetes education are also available, on a referral basis. 

Health insurance will often cover a large portion of the expenses incurred by your participation in Phase II cardiac rehabilitation. However, individual insurance programs vary; please verify the coverage available to you. The duration of cardiac rehabilitation is determined by your clinical status, insurance coverage, cardiovascular history and responses to exercise observed during your care.

Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients with a cardiac diagnosis that are ineligible for Phase II cardiac rehabilitation may elect to participate in Phase III cardiac rehabilitation. A referral from your cardiologist is required to enroll. Before beginning this maintenance program, participants complete three, one-hour ECG-monitored exercise sessions that assist staff in developing an exercise prescription and screening for adverse responses to exercise. Phase III cardiac rehabilitation includes a group-based, medically supervised exercise program, up to five days per week for one hour. Phase III cardiac rehabilitation is based on a monthly fee not typically covered by insurance.

Depending on location, additional activities may include balance and flexibility sessions, pool exercise, an Advanced Training Program (ATP), a cardiac support group, Tai Chi, monthly educational lectures, and stress reduction and weight management groups. These adjunct offerings may represent an additional out-of-pocket cost and are not available at all sites.