Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Erlanger Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Chattanooga Lifestyle Center
325 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Imagine a pill that would give you a 25–30 percent chance of adding five years to your life after a heart attack. Most of us would say “I’ll take it!!” While cardiac Rehabilitation is no magic pill—it requires work and willingness to learn new things—it’s a proven lifesaver. In fact, cardiac rehabilitation is one of the most important things you can do to enhance your future health and quality of life after a cardiac event.
It can help you:
- Live longer and lower your risk of a fatal heart attack by 25% or more
- Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath
- Stop or reverse damage to the blood vessels in your heart
- Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities
- Improve your confidence and well-being
- Improve control of cardiovascular risk factors like uncontrolled blood pressure, abnormal lipids, obesity and glucose control
What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation—or cardiac rehab—is an individualized program that combines exercise and education to restore your quality of life after a heart attack, heart disease, or cardiac surgery. It also reduces your risk of future cardiac events. Erlanger’s cardiac rehab program is based in exercise, but it’s so much more than just exercise. Our supportive medical team is onsite to help you:
- Understand cardiovascular disease and your personal risk factors
- Learn to prepare heart-healthy meals and maintain a healthy weight
- Start and maintain a personalized exercise plan that works for you
- Take steps to control blood pressure, lipids/cholesterol and diabetes
- Reduce stress and depression through counseling and positive, healthy-living strategies
- Meet and share stories with other patients like you
How Long Does the Program Last?
Cardiac Rehabilitation usually consists of 36 sessions, with most people attending 2-3 times a week for 12- 18 weeks. Patients usually start a few weeks after having a cardiac event or surgery. Once the initial program has been completed, patients can opt to continue this therapy for a nominal monthly fee. If they opt not to remain in cardiac rehab, continued lifelong exercise and lifestyle changes are recommended.
What’s My Initial Assessment Like?
Your first couple of visits will include an individual assessment of your risk factors, as well as a review of your lab work and any medications you’re taking. All participants will also meet with a dietician during the program. Based on your assessment, our staff will recommend an exercise program tailored to your needs. We’ll also recommend educational classes individualized to your risk factors.
Our supportive medical staff will:
- Check your heart rate and blood pressure on each visit
- Adjust medications if needed as you advance through the program
- Monitor your heart during exercise and cool down periods
Where Is the Program Located?
The Erlanger Cardiac Rehabilitation program is located at our Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in downtown Chattanooga. Our state-of-the-art facility features:
- Cardiovascular equipment and weights
- Separate exercise room for yoga classes
- 8,000-square-foot learning center
Learn more about the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. If our downtown location is not convenient, our team will help find an excellent rehab program closer to your home.
Does My Insurance Cover Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Medicare covers cardiac rehabilitation for the following conditions:
- Stable angina
- Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (EF<35%)
- Recovery after:
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Angioplasty with stent (percutaneous coronary intervention/PCI)
- Coronary artery bypass graft
- Heart transplant
- Heart valve repair or replacement
Private insurance carriers usually follow Medicare eligibility guidelines, but may also provide coverage for patients with:
- Heart failure or cardiomyopathy
- Multiple cardiovascular risk factors
Our team can also help identify heart-health programs that are available for patients who do not have health insurance.
Alison Bailey, MD is a noninvasive cardiologist with UT Erlanger Cardiology. She worked at the Gill Heart Institute with an emphasis in cardiovascular education, serving as the Associate Program Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship as well as establishing the Cardiac Rehabilitation program in 2009. Currently, she directs the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program and continues her work in cardiovascular education and prevention. Her clinical interests include heart failure, sports cardiology, and the general prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology as well as Echocardiography.