Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac_rehab_doctorpatientCoronary heart disease is America’s number one killer. Each year more than 500,000 American men and women die of heart attacks caused by coronary diseases. Some 60 million suffer from some form of heart disease

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Fisher-Titus Medical Center offers heart patients complete state-of-the-art rehabilitation services. The program focuses on education, physical reconditioning, group support and physician involvement to help patients get back to a healthy lifestyle.

Getting Started - FAQs


Do I need Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is for individuals who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, suffer from angina or have undergone angioplasty stent placement, heart valve replacement or repair, a heart-lung transplant, or a related condition that requires closely supervised cardiac monitoring during reconditioning. Cardiac Rehabilitation can cut the risk of death after a heart attack by as much as 25 percent.

How do I start? 

Talk with your physician. He or she is in the best position to refer you to the program and will work with the Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Team to design a program especially for you.

Will my insurance cover Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Medicare and most insurance companies usually cover the major portion of the program. The staff will assist you in verifying your insurance coverage for the program.

For more information contact the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Department by calling 419-660-2600 or 1-800-668-8788 ext. 6325.

Phases of Cardiac Rehab

Phase I

Phase I of Cardiac Rehabilitation occurs during an individual's hospital stay, if he or she has been admitted for a heart attack or other cardiac problems. This educational phase teaches patients about the heart, risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, exercise, stress management as well as nutrition and general health information.

Phase 2

Cardiac_rehab_1Phase II is for those who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, suffer from angina or have undergone angioplasty, stent placement, heart valve replacement or repair, heart or heart-lung transplant, or a related condition that requires cardiac monitoring. In cooperation with the patient's physician, the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff plans a program of individually prescribed and carefully supervised, monitored exercise and education sessions.

The Phase II exercise component involves a progressive series of cardiac-monitored exercises which are done on a regular basis at the hospital. Patients are continuously monitored for heart rate, blood pressure and EKG by our highly skilled Cardiac Rehabilitation Team.

The education component of Phase II teaches patients how to alter their lifestyles to optimize recovery and live with heart disease. Information provided includes heart-healthy diets, stress management, understanding risk factors and wide variety of other topics including the importance of family involvement in the recovery process.

Phase 3

Cardiac_rehab_manPhase III is an exercise maintenance program that includes continuing education and support. 

  • The program is designed for graduates of the Phase II program who choose to stay on and continue their lifestyle change.
  • Individuals are cardiac monitored every three to four months.
  • Blood pressures are taken before and after each session. Weight is monitored.
  • Activity reports are generated and provided to the patient's physician.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

The central figure in every patient's care is his or her physician. The physician works with Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation staff to develop an individualized program for the patient and is kept well-informed of the patient's progress through frequent reports and test results.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation professionals are committed to every patient's full recovery. Led by Registered Nurses who specialize in cardiac rehabilitation, the team includes dietitians, occupational, physical and respiratory therapists, pharmacists and, of course, physicians.

All staff nurses and therapists are competent in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, ensuring patient safety.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation department is conveniently located in our Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center. Parking is provided for patients at the entrance. The department includes a locker room and showers for patients.