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Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Department

The mission of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Department is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive risk-factor management.

Promotion of heart healthy lifestyle for each patient/family is our primary goal.  Our multidisciplinary team works to increase daily physical activity and exercise safety, create healthier eating plans, quit smoking, improve emotional health, improve diabetes and blood pressure control all with individualized patient care and education.

Participation in cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to decrease mortality 20%, cardiac morbidity 25% and increase physical strength and endurance 30%. A recent article studying patients who had undergone coronary angioplasty showed a decreased death rate of 45% for those patients who had participated in cardiac rehabilitation.

Patients universally appreciate their time spent at cardiac rehabilitation with 98.5% of patients in a Press Ganey survey indicating that they would be likely to recommend the HUMC Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program to other patients. The HUMC program has been a regional and national leader in cardiac rehabilitation, participating in NIH research and consistently at the forefront of clinical instruction and effectiveness.

The HUMC Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  To learn more about the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and to find a certified center near you click the following link: www.aacvpr.org 

Risk Factor Reduction Workshops

Educational and hands-on workshops are offered to support behavior changes.  Programs are taught by staff registered nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dietician.  A sampling of our class offerings:

  • Nutrition
  • Motivational Class for Heart Healthy Diet
  • Diabetes Education
  • Lifestyle/Stress Management
  • Using Exercise to Manage Risk Factors
  • Cardiac Yoga®
  • Medication Management

FAQs

Will my insurance cover the program?

  • Most insurance plans have a cardiac rehabilitation benefit. Depending on plan coverage there may be a co-payment or co-insurance responsibility.

What heart problems benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

  • Many heart problems are improved by cardiac rehabilitation. The most common diagnoses include heart attack, balloon angioplasty or stent, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplant, and stable angina. However, your insurance may cover additional diagnoses including congestive heart failure. Please call us to see if you would benefit.

How long does the program last?

  • The program usually lasts 8-12 weeks depending on insurance benefit and individual need. Each visit is one hour.

What are the days/hours?

  • Initial evaluations and pre-training exercise visits are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6am to 4pm.
  • Exercise training visits are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6am – 5:15pm

Do you provide transportation?

  • Transportation services are not provided. However, many communities offer medical transportation services. Please check with your community or ask rehab center staff for contact information.

What if I have difficulty walking or other physical limitation?

  • Your exercise program is designed specifically for you. The cardiac rehab staff can develop a modified exercise program for all types of limitations. We have exercise equipment that can accommodate those who cannot walk or have other problems.

What should I wear?

  • No special clothing is required. Loose-fitting clothes with good rubber-soled shoes are best. 

Do I have to pay for parking?

  • Parking in the Main Garage is complimentary.  Please obtain a parking voucher for each visit. 
  • Patients with handicap stickers may use the valet without charge.

What happens if I travel or have to miss a session?

  • Depending on your insurance benefit, rehab sessions may be limited to a specific number of weeks, so a missed visit can not always be rescheduled. Medicare, however, allows participants to complete all sessions.

What happens after rehab? 

  • The goal of rehab is to progress you to independent exercise, either in a gym or home exercise.  Cardiac Rehab staff will be working with you to design a program that fits your lifestyle. 
  • Hackensack University Medical Center has a Fitness Club that you can join to continue medically supervised exercise.

Is my doctor informed about my rehab sessions?

  • Your doctor will be updated on your progress.
  • A summary report is sent to your doctor upon completion of the program.

 

Contact Information:

Location:

Suite 200, 2ndfloor, Mediplex building

20 Prospect Avenue

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone:

For assistance with scheduling an appointment and other inquiries, call (551) 996-3589 fax (551-996-3555

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Wed-Fri- 6:00am-6:00pm

Tues and Thurs 6:00am-5:00pm

Mon-Wed-Fri excercise training visits 6:00am-4:45pm

 


 
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