Accredited cardiac rehab in Idaho Falls, Idaho

The cardiac rehabilitation program at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is a structured exercise and educational program for people recovering from heart surgery or a cardiovascular condition.

For more information about our cardiac rehabilitation services, please call (208) 529-6111.

Eastern Idaho Regional received the Cardiac Rehab Certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification depends on several facets of proper care of cardiac rehab patients, such as program safety, medical oversight, personalized exercise prescription, policies and procedures.

Our cardiac therapy program

Our professional team of registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dieticians, pharmacists and, when needed, diabetes educators and respiratory therapists, help contribute to your recovery. Working together with you and your healthcare provider, we design an individualized program to meet your health goals.

The cardiac rehabilitation program typically consists of:

  • Supervised exercise training
  • Assistance with home exercise program
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stress management
  • Psychological counseling
  • Relaxation training
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Education

Phase I: Inpatient cardiac rehab

The first phase of your cardiac therapy begins during your hospitalization. An Eastern Idaho Regional team member will introduce you to a program of progressive exercises to help you regain your strength.

Our team educates you and your family on your procedure, how to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and how to transition your recovery from the hospital to your home.

Phase II: Outpatient cardiac rehab

Once out of the hospital, you will continue to work on getting stronger. The second phase of therapy involves attending an exercise program supervised by our cardiac rehabilitation specialists and your doctor on an outpatient basis. This phase usually involves 36 sessions over about 12 weeks.

An individualized exercise prescription is written for you, and each session includes an educational component. During these sessions, your blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels are monitored and you wear a heart monitor.

As you progress, we gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercise. The cardiac rehab staff also instructs you in incision care and helps you to quickly identify any complications that might arise. We send written updates regularly and make phone calls, as needed, to your primary care physician.

Phase III: Outpatient cardiac rehab and fitness

When you reach phase III of your cardiac rehab program, the staff and your doctor have determined that you can safely perform exercises and that you understand risk factor modification techniques. You are given the opportunity to exercise in the lab, but you are allowed more control over the types of exercise that you like to do.

The cardiac rehab staff assists you with your exercises, but you are only required to wear a heart monitor once a month. It is vital to your physical well-being that you commit to a lifelong exercise plan and eat a heart-healthy diet.