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Cardiac Services


Greene County Medical Center
1000 West Lincoln Way
Jefferson, Iowa 50129
(515) 386-2114

Cardiac Services

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation partners with dietitians and pharmacists in the design of a specialized, comprehensive plan of care designed to help patients recover from a recent heart issue. Educational guidelines are developed to aid in the safe increase of physical activity and fitness and a return to a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Counseling and education topics include dietary changes, weight loss, smoking cessation and stress management.

Cardiac Diagnostics

Qualifying for Rehabilitation

You may qualify for cardiac rehabilitation if you have recently experienced:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Valve surgery
  • Balloon angioplasty/coronary stenting
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable congestive heart failure
  • Angina

Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Phase II
This rehabilitation begins early in the recovery process after a cardiac event or procedure with an EKG-monitored exercise program and education to identify and reduce cardiac risk factors.  The plan of care is covered by most insurance companies.

Phase III
This is a self-pay program for patients who have completed Phase II Cardiac Rehab.  This non-EKG-monitored program offers ongoing exercise, education and support while making important lifestyle changes.

A physician referral is required.

Exercise Program Benefits

  • Improved physical fitness and energy levels
  • Improved heart strength
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Controlled cholesterol levels
  • Improved management of stress
  • Reduced risk of future heart problems
  • Increased ability to perform job or tasks
  • Improved physical fitness and energy levels
  • Improved overall well-being

Participants attend exercise and education classes three times a week for up to 36 sessions, which focus on increasing physical fitness and improving work capacity.  Participants are monitored by ECG, blood pressure and close supervision by your health care team.   

The cardiac rehab staff is dedicated to providing expert care through personal attention, counseling and education and all are trained in cardiac and emergency patient care. 

Each exercise program is individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient.  We will develop a plan with you and your family to assist you in making changes to decrease your risk for future events.  Nutritional counseling is also provided.  Periodic progress reports are shared with your physician and cardiologist.