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What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac Rehab is a professionally supervised program to help patients recover from percutaneous coronary intervention procedures (PCI) such as antioplasty and stenting, heart attacks, and heart surgery. The goals of Cardiac rehab are to help the patient regain strength, improve overall health and quality of life, and to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

How is the Course of Treatment Determined?

A customized exercise program is established based on your medical history, clinical condition, and symptoms. The rate of recovery depends on the age, gender, and other health conditions. There is no set length of time that you must stay in a specific phase of Cardiac Rehab.

The Four Phases of Treatment

CBS Benefits

Phases I and II are covered by plan. Phase II is covered for 12 consecutive weeks from the date rehabilitation begins if the program occurs on an out-patient basis, patient is monitored during excerside, and RN or MD is in attendance. Because phase III requires minimal supervision without the aid of an RN (in most cases), the services rarely, if ever, are covered. Phase IV is a home based, long-term program that would not be covered in any case.