Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation During COVID-19
During the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the Michigan Medicine Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers home-based cardiac rehab for heart patients who are at low to moderate risk for a recurrent cardiac complication. Our certified clinical exercise physiologists are available via telehealth phone calls to check in with patients, answer heart-related questions and field necessary referrals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think differently about more flexible options for treating our patients. We are actively working to develop a hybrid program that provides both Center-based and home-based cardiac rehab services to better meet our patients’ needs.
For questions about your exercise program during our closure and our timeline for the new hybrid program, please reach out to the Michigan Medicine Home-Based Cardiac Rehab team by calling 734-998-9590.
About Cardiac Rehabilitation
If you’ve had a heart attack or have been diagnosed with some form of heart disease, participating in a program that combines lifestyle changes and proper physical activity will improve your rate of survival. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, part of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Michigan Medicine, has the team of experts, the comprehensive array of services, and a cutting-edge fitness center to help you improve your cardiovascular health and return to your normal life.
Patients who participate in our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program are less at risk for:
- Complications of cardiac disease
- Sudden death
In addition, participating in cardiac rehabilitation greatly improves your quality of life. You’ll be relieved of chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. You may feel less psychological distress, and many patients will see a reduction in weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. You’ll also be more fit and in better compliance with medical treatments.
We also provide education — from appropriate nutrition to stress management — return to work evaluations, recommendations to your doctor, heart monitoring, medication monitoring, and much more.
Our referral-only program is for a variety of people, including those who have experienced the following:
- Heart attack
- Coronary stent
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Heart valve disease
- Heart transplant
In some cases your insurance may cover congestive heart failure as well.
Cardiac rehab can also be used as an alternative to angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery for relief of angina. For patients with angina or chest pain not controlled with medication, angioplasty or bypass surgery, we offer enhanced external counterpulsation or EECP® therapy. This non-invasive treatment increases blood flow to the heart, and when combined with cardiac rehab, can markedly improve quality of life for patients with heart pain.
When we receive your referral, the first thing we do is call you to make sure our program is the most local for you. If you live too far away, we provide you with the hospitals in your area with cardiac rehabilitation programs and we call that program to provide them with your referral. We do this because it’s most important to us to ensure patients are entering and completing cardiac rehabilitation, even if it’s not with us.
To enter our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, you’ll first meet with our nurse practitioner who conducts a thorough evaluation to ensure you are able to participate in cardiac rehabilitation. You’ll then be scheduled for blood work. Once this information has been collected, our team of certified clinical exercise physiologists prescribes an exercise program individualized for your needs. It is also highly recommended that you participate in our Group Orientation. This important step teaches you to navigate the waters of heart recovery and connects you with other rehab patients and staff.
During the 6- to 12-week program, you will be taught how to use the equipment at the Preventive Cardiology Fitness Center, and which equipment is right for your age and health issues. You will be guided through weight training and stretching. You will also learn everything you need to continue your lifestyle changes once the program ends, including exercising at home.
- Angina Information Guide
- Apps for Your Smartphone Information Guide
- Heart Attack or Chest Pain (Acute Coronary Syndrome)
- Peripheral Artery Disease Information Guide
- Healthy Lifestyle: Physical Activity Information Guide
Make an Appointment
You need a physician referral with a qualifying diagnosis to be eligible for this program. Call 734-998-9590 for more information.