Our Goal for You
Story County Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to
help people recover, both physically and emotionally, from heart attack,
heart-related procedures or surgery. Completing a cardiac rehabilitation
program helps reduce the risk of future heart attacks. The program is also
appropriate for people who are at risk of developing heart problems or have
chronic heart disease.
Through monitored, individualized physical exercise, education, and
Story Medical's team of highly trained and skilled cardiac rehabilitation
professionals work together with patients, their families and their
physician to help achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Steve Van Dam, Exercise Physiologist
Sharon Henry, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse
Story Medical Cardiac Rehabilitation
Story Medical North Campus
630 Sixth Street
Nevada, IA 50201
Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation is the initial recovery period. It begins
after a related heart procedure while the patient is in the hospital and
ends when the patient discharged. Phase I rehabilitation is not a
requirement for Phase II rehabilitation. However, referrals are generally
made by the cardiologist or primary care physician overseeing Phase 1
Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation has two components: exercise and
The exercise portion is individualized to meet the needs of each patient.
Sophisticated heart monitoring equipment is used during each exercise
session to ensure patient safety. While the emphasis is on gradually
increasing aerobic activity, muscle strengthening and flexibility are also
incorporated. Exercise sessions are monitored by an experienced exercise
physiologist and registered nurse with clinical expertise in
electrocardiography and coronary care.
The education component consists of individual and or group discussion of
cardiac risk factors, lifestyles changes, medication use and managing life
stressors. Individualized nutrition counseling is also available meet with a
registered dietician. Family members are an integral part of the recovery
process and are encouraged to attend any education or exercise session.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instruction is offered to family members
by our certified instructors. Patients are referred to Story Medical's Phase
II Cardiac Rehabilitation program by their physicians and typically
participate in Phase II cardiac rehabilitation 1 hour, three days/week. The
program lasts six to twelve weeks depending on the needs of the patient.
Once a referral from a physician is made, Story Medical staff will contact
the patient to begin the process of rehabilitation after Phase II.
Phase III & IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation is a group fitness program designed to
maintain and improve cardiovascular health. Participants in the Fit-4-Life
program receive an individualized exercise prescription to be completed
under the supervision and direction of an experienced exercise physiologist.
Blood pressure and heart rate are monitored throughout the sessions.
Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation is exercise done on an individual basis.
The cardiac rehabilitation staff is available to consult with patients
regarding a physical fitness plan best suited to meet their health care
Phase III and Phase IV can be combined to further a patient's overall
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies will pay for some or all
of the cost of Story Medical's Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Check with
your medical insurance provider to obtain information about coverage for
outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.
Please call exercise physiologist, Steve Van Dam, at (515) 382-7116 or
the cardiac rehabilitation nurse at (515) 382-7114 for more information or a