Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation 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, 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exercise training visits are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00am – 4:45pm
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.
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?
Yes, your doctor will be updated on your progress. A summary report is sent to your doctor upon completion of the program.