Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Phase I, Phase II, Phase III (Get Up and Go) at Richland Hospital is a comprehensive, three-phase program designed to assist heart patients with their recovery from a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart related procedures. The purpose of the program is to improve quality of life and restore the heart patient to his/her optimal physical, psychological, occupational, social and recreational status.

Benefits include:

  • Increased cardiovascular efficiency and improved physical endurance through safe
  • Supervised exercise
  • Increased awareness of coronary disease, its causes, prevention and treatment
  • Development of a positive approach to the rehabilitation process, both emotionally and physically

Phase I

The first phase of cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital, typically one to three days following a heart event and continues up until the day of discharge from the hospital. Phase I consists of self-care and progressive exercises including low-level activities, such as walking and/or upper and lower extremity exercises. An education program is provided to assist the patient in understanding risk factors and coronary heart disease. Nutritional counseling prepares the patient for lifestyle changes he/she will need to take after leaving the hospital.

Phase II

Phase II is an outpatient, hospital-based program that usually lasts six to twelve weeks. It continues and advances the rehabilitative process initiated in Phase I. Participants engage in a monitored program of exercise therapy, education and group support sessions. One-hour exercise sessions are held three times per week. Participants rotate among exercise stations including resistance training, treadmills, arm and bike ergometers and a NuStep stepping machine.

A cardiac rehabilitation exercise psychologist and/or nurse work closely with each participant to develop an individualized exercise program based on his/her abilities. Exercise can help to reduce resting heart rate and blood pressure, blood cholesterol, body weight, body fat, and stress, while increasing the capacity for physical activity. Blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm, and overall response to exercise are monitored carefully to allow a safe, gradual progression of exercise. Cardiac Rehabilitation education classes are also held. Classes aid patients in understanding their heart disease and risk factor modification. Topics include stress reduction, exercise principles, diet modification, anatomy/physiology of the hear, and medications. Family members are welcome to attend Phase II exercise, education and support classes, as a group support and encouragement will reinforce the committment to a heart healthy lifestyle.

Phase III (Get Up and Go)

Get Up and Go is an exercise program available to people who want to reduce their risk for developing heart disease and other health problems associated with inactivity. Program participants exercise while supervised by cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists. Particpants rotate among exercise stations including resistance training, treadmills, arm and bike ergometers, and NuStep stepping machines. Heart rates and blood pressures are monitored and exercise sessions are recorded.

Whatever your goals, our exercise physiologists and nurses are here to aid you in reaching them. Exercise sessions are held with the same group members every time which provides a network of group support that serves to reinforce a lifetime commitment to exercise.

Benefits of Joining the Get Up and Go Program

  • Staff members are available to answer exercise questions
  • Exercise prescription designed specifically for each individual
  • Excellent group support
  • Medically supervised session for people that have health concerns, such as: treated heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity
  • Provides a comfortable and safe environment for participants that are new to exercise
  • Appropriate for all ages and levels of condition. Exercise sessions are tailored to YOU!
  • Variety of equipment available to fit needs of people with and without physical limitations
  • Great for people who want to develop an exercise program for weight loss, but need help getting started

Program Fee

  • $44.00 for 3 visits per week
  • $30.00 for 2 visits per week

Class Schedule

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 7:00-8:00 am or 9:45-10:45 am
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays  8:00-9:00 am, 9:30-10:30 am, 10:45-11:45 am, 1:00-2:00 pm, or 2:30-3:30 pm
  • More classes may be added based on demand

For more Information about Cardiac Rehab, Contact:

Frank F. Mohr Therapy Center

(608) 647-6321, extension 2420
The Richland Hospital, Inc.
333 East Second Street
Richland Center, WI 53581

Medical Nutrition Therapy is also available at Richland Hospital for Cardio/Pulmonary patients.