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900 Ridge Street, Stoughton, WI 53589

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness

Stoughton-Hospital-Cardiac_RehabOur Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center provides the personalized care you need to help ensure a healthy heart and promote positive changes in your overall lifestyle. Our program options include the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs, as well as our Primary Prevention Program.

Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Healthy Heart Classes

Our healthy heart classes are held on Wednesdays, are FREE and open to the public. For class times please go to our classes and events calendar.

Clean Start: Eat Clean and Live Well

Do you want to eat healthy but don’t know where to start? Are you concerned about the chemicals, additives, GMO’s, preservatives and other things you can’t pronounce in your food?

Whole, healthy and fresh foods are your ticket to good health and will leave you feeling healthy and energized. Learn how with clean start.

Diabetes Management

Diabetes 101: Learn how diet, exercise and medication can work together to control your diabetes.

Exercise Guidelines

How does exercise benefit my heart and prevent chronic disease?

Heart Healthy Nutrition

Focus on the Mediterranean Diet

Reducing Your Risk Factors

Why do I have heart disease? How can I prevent another heart attack, stent or surgery?

Understanding Cholesterol

Learn the goals for cholesterol numbers, and how lifestyle changes and medication can help you reach them.

Understanding Heart Disease

How does heart disease happen? How can it be treated?

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2

Program Overview

The Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Stoughton Hospital is a treatment program designed for patients recovering from a recent cardiac event. Disease conditions that benefit from a Phase 2 Program include heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, stable angina, angioplasty, valve surgery, heart transplant, stenting procedures and heart failure.

The goal of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team is to help you make important lifestyle changes that will improve your overall quality of life while reducing the risk of future heart complications.

Admission to the program requires an order from a physician. Patients will remain under the care of a physician while they are in the program. During the Phase 2 Program, patient’s cardiac response to exercise is closely monitored and progressed per an individualized exercise prescription. Additionally, a variety of educational classes are offered on nutrition, and lifestyle choices and reducing risk factors for future cardiac events.

Program Components for Phase 2

Orientation – During the first visit, staff will review your medical history and lifestyle habits. Goals will be set, and support and encouragement will be provided throughout the program.

Exercise Testing and Prescription – Exercise testing may be performed during the program to establish activity guidelines and evaluate progress.

Exercise – As a participant, you will be involved in a monitored exercise program designed to meet your individual goals. In addition, you will learn self-monitoring concepts in job and recreational activities, as well as during exercise at home.

One-on-One – We will meet with you one-on-one to address any areas that need personal attention and will communicate progress with your physician.

Group Exercise Sessions – Following initial visits, you will join an exercise group. The program duration is based on your individual needs and goals.

Support Network – You will have the opportunity to work with other patients with similar diseases and share experiences.

Staff

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation team consists of exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists and the program medical director. During your involvement in the program, you will remain under the care of your personal physician. Staff will communicate any change in your condition or other pertinent information to your physician.

Hours

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Please remember to call ahead to schedule your appointment to ensure availability of equipment.

Insurance

If patients meet certain criteria, the treatment program is covered by most major insurance companies including Medicare. Insurance plans vary in coverage and eligibility so please check your plan for coverage and requirements.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, please call (608) 873-2314.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 3 and
Primary Prevention

Program Overview

The Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to maintain gains from the Phase 2 Program while you are still being supervised by medical professionals.

The Primary Prevention Program is appropriate if you have not participated in previous rehabilitation, but have multiple cardiac risk factors and need to exercise in a safe environment.

For NEW Phase 3 and Primary Prevention participants entering the program – you may be eligible for a Cardiac Evaluation Appointment.

General program goals include supporting you in achieving peak functional capacity, further reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease, cultivating a positive lifestyle and promoting awareness of personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The programs offer group support, and help participants to maintain adherence to their exercise program. Additionally, a variety of educational classes are offered on nutrition, and lifestyle choices and reducing risk factors for future cardiac events.

Your spouse is welcome to exercise with you. You and your spouse must have physician’s consent and complete a pre-admission assessment. Please call ahead to schedule this assessment.

These are private pay programs, generally not covered by insurance.

Program Components for Phase 3 and Primary Prevention

Orientation – During the first visit, staff will review your medical history and lifestyle habits. Goals will be set, and support and encouragement will be provided throughout the program.

Exercise Testing and Prescription – Exercise testing may be performed during the program to establish activity guidelines and evaluate progress.

Exercise – As a participant you will participate in a supervised exercise program designed to meet your individual goals. In addition, you will learn self-monitoring concepts in job and recreational activities, as well as during exercise at home.

Group Exercise Sessions – Following initial visits, you will join an exercise group. The program duration is based on your individual needs and goals.

Support Network – You will have the opportunity to work with other patients with similar diseases and share experiences.

Staff

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation team consists of exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists and the program medical director. During your involvement in the program, you will remain under the care of your personal physician. Staff will communicate any change in your condition or other pertinent information to your physician.

Hours

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Please remember to call ahead to schedule your appointment to ensure availability of equipment.

Cost

One month Single $45 and Couple $65

Discounts are available if you purchase multiple months

Pay for 3 months . . . get 1 month free
Pay for 6 months . . . get 2 months free
Pay for 9 months . . . get 3 months free

Many insurance plans, including Dean Care, GHC and Physician’s Plus, may offer reimbursement for participation in an exercise program. Check with your insurance plan to see if you qualify.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, please call (608) 873-2314.

Cardiac Evaluation Appointments

For NEW Phase 3 and Primary Prevention participants entering the program – you may be eligible for a Cardiac Evaluation appointment. The Cardiac Evaluation is a comprehensive visit with a Cardiac Rehab Exercise Physiologist, including:

  • Review of medical history
  • Education on risk factors for chronic disease
  • Discussion of goals and objectives for the program
  • Assessment of blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels, blood sugars (for diabetics), BMI, waist circumference and heart rhythm
  • Exercise evaluation (involving a walking test in the hallway or on a treadmill)

Results from this appointment will be sent to your physician for review and approval of the suggested program.

Phase 3 and Primary Prevention participants are then eligible for an annual Cardiac Evaluation follow-up appointment once a year (during their birthday month). Cardiac Rehab staff will contact you during the month of your birthday to see if you are interested in participating. Phase III and Primary Prevention participants who choose to participate in the annual Cardiac Evaluation appointment will receive a gift certificate for a FREE MONTH of Phase III or Primary Prevention!

Please contact the Cardiac Rehab staff at (608) 873-2314 for more information on this appointment.

Patient Success Story

Cardiac Rehab for Heart Failure Restores Quality of Life

Cardiac-Rehab-DonBratzkeEvansville native Don Bratzke has a new lease on life and is thanking Stoughton Hospital Cardiac Rehab for it. Bratzke has been dealing with heart disease for the past 20 years including open heart surgery in 1994 and a pacemaker/defibrillator in 2002.

In April of 2014, Bratzke had knee replacement surgery and experienced complications gaining 23 pounds of fluid. It was hard for him to breathe and he lost muscle tone. Bratzke’s physician decided to refer him to cardiac rehab to get him back on his feet. Bratzke admits he was apprehensive when he started the cardiac rehab program. That didn’t last long because with the encouragement of staff and his own determination, Bratzke was soon improving.

With the help of medication and his cardiac rehab program, Bratzke lost the extra fluid and more for a 55 pound weight loss. Talking about the cardiac rehab program, Bratzke states he “looks forward to it every time. The staff is great.” Perhaps most importantly, Bratzke says he feels good about himself.

What Bratzke is most excited about is his ability to get back into his woodworking after not being able to do it for six months. He just didn’t have the stamina he needed. Overall, Bratzke says his quality of life has improved from participating in the cardiac rehab program for heart failure. He feels motivated to keep up his healthy diet and exercise habits.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

Certification-IconStoughton Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Stoughton Hospital was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems including heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, stable angina, angioplasty, valve surgery, heart transplant and stenting procedures. Participating in a cardiovascular rehabilitation program helps patients recover faster and improves their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Stoughton Hospital’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies.

Teresa Feidt, Vice President of Patient Services, notes this was an important opportunity for Stoughton Hospital. “It’s our priority to provide the very best care to our patients. We felt achieving this certification would demonstrate that commitment to our patients, families and community. I am very proud of our cardiovascular rehabilitation staff and their dedication.” AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

About AACVPR

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.