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Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for individuals recovering from a major cardiac event, such as angina, heart attack, angioplasty and stent placement, heart surgery, congestive heart failure, heart transplant, peripheral artery disease, heart valve disease and/or coronary arythmias. Individuals begin the rehabilitation process immediately after a cardiac event. Once patients are discharged from the hospital, phase two and phase three of cardiac rehab begins.

Our cardiac rehab program and therapists have been widely recognized throughout southeast Michigan.  Our goals are to help patients in their recovery and regain their independence. 

For patients recovering from a major cardiac event, cardiac rehab can significantly improve both physical and emotional strength.  St. Mary Mercy Hospital offers a comprehensive rehab program that includes the following:

  • Monitored and supervised exercise sessions by trained and compassionate physical therapists
  • Educational presentations offered on a variety of health topics
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stress management techniques

There are two phases of Cardiac Rehab:

Phase II:  In Phase II, individuals begin a monitored, outpatient exercise and education program with three one hour sessions per week.  Typically, insurance will pay for up to 36 visits, or three months of rehab.

Phase III:  Phase III is a supervised, maintenance program designed for participants who want to continue to strengthen their cardiovascular health. Participants benefit from exercising in a medically supervised program with flexible hours. The program is structured for individuals who can exercise independently, and who may benefit from a group setting while remaining in a medically supervised environment.  Phase three is at the discretion of the patient and a patient pay program.