Cardiac Rehabilitation & Wellness

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Whether you're recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, coronary angioplasty and/or stenting, heart bypass or valve surgery, we are dedicated to your full recovery. Using the highest standards of care and treatment, a team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise specialists will work with you and your physician to help you set and achieve your goals.

Components of the Program

  • Inpatient (Phase I) - Education and support are the key ingredients to assure your recovery.

  • Outpatient (Phase II) - Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation lasts four to 12 weeks after your hospital stay. We recommend that you begin Phase II within one to two weeks of your discharge, if possible.You will be monitored while beginning to exercise, learn about healthy life-style modifications, and receive the support you need to reach your goals.

  • Outpatient Maintenance & Wellness - This phase is an independent self-pay, non-monitored exercise program for those who want to continue their efforts in a supervised environment after the Outpatient Phase is complete. This program is designed to help you maintain your ongoing exercise plan.

Elements of the Program


To support healthy lifestyle choices, the following topics will be covered:

  • Risk factors that accelerate heart disease and how to minimize them

  • Individualized exercise plan

  • Heart-healthy eating and nutrition

  • Medication management

  • Support and guidance with smoking cessation


Monitored aerobic exercise and strengthening will help you regained and maintain your health.


Your rehabilitation and wellness team are dedicated to your success and will encourage you throughout the program. Registered nutritionists and diabetic consultants are also available, if needed.

Although depression and anxiety are common after heart events, our structured program will support you through these issues if you experience them to help build your confidence and eliminate anxiety.

The Benefits

Research shows that cardiac rehabilitation accounts for fewer complications and a 20 – 30 percent reduction of negative outcomes. This compared to patients who do not participate in programs like Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness.

Additional benefits include:

  • Decreased risk of a second heart attack or future heart problems

  •  Improved fitness and strength

  •  Weight loss

  •  Improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels

  •  Social support and stress reduction

  •  Decreased risk of disability and death due to heart disease

  •  Reduced LDL cholesterol levels

  •  Increased HDL level, anywhere from 8 – 23 percent

  • Better management of blood sugars


Non-Medicare insurance policies vary, but generally cover cardiac rehabilitation following a cardiac event. In addition, non-Medicare health insurance plans may cover cardiac rehabilitation for conditions such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

We will work with you to determine eligibility and co-payments that may be required.

For more Information

For more information about cardiac rehabilitation and wellness, please call:

Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-585-1207

Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee
13111 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097
Phone: 262-243-7405



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