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Cardiac / Heart Services

Cardiac Rehab
Our mission is to provide a quality program that will increase cardiovascular conditioning to people with coronary artery disease, educate participants and their families to make lifestyle changes/choices to decrease their risks for coronary artery disease, and progress them to an optimal physical, psychological, vocational, and social health level.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
There is no cure for coronary artery disease or "heart disease," but it can be controlled through medication, diet, and exercise.

Following a regular exercise program helps to: 

  • Maintain and reduce weight.
  • Lower bad cholesterol levels
  • Decrease body fat percentage
  • Increase overall strength and endurance
  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Lower resting blood pressure 
  • In addition, exercise helps patients feel better about themselves by improving their overall fitness

Signs and symptoms of angina

  • Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following during exercise or normal activities:
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Pain or pressure in the teeth, jaw, arms, neck, or shoulders
  • Extreme shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue

Cardiac Rehabilitation programs
Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at Sanford Hospital Luverne involve three phases.

Phase I 

  • Implemented as an inpatient program
  • Consists of education and low-level exercise 
  •  Designed for patients who have had a myocardial infarction, stable angina, or coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Covered by Medicare and most insurance plan.

Phase II 

  • Implemented as an outpatient program
  • Designed to increase cardiovascular condition through exercise
  • Provides education on coronary artery disease, risk factors, healthy nutrition, and exercise
  • Monitored by RNs who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Encourages family participation
  • Designed for patients with stable angina, post heart attack, post balloon angioplasty/stent, or coronary artery bypass grafting, following heart valve replacement
  • Covered by Medicare and most insurance plans

Phase III

  • Implemented as an outpatient program
  • Designed for individuals who want to develop an independent exercise program to increase cardiovascular condition
  • May be a continuation from Phase II for participants who desire additional guidance in their exercise program, or are at a high risk for cardiac problems
  • A self-pay program


  • An individualized education time is offered each session, along with the exercise portion of rehabilitation.
  • A variety of educational DVDs are used and individualized counseling sessions are provided.
  • Risk-factor modifications, heart-healthy eating, exercise and stress management, medications and coronary artery disease topics are discussed.

Participants perform supervised exercises. Cardiac rehab supplies the following exercise equipment:

  • AirDyne bikes
  • Treadmills
  • NuStep machines
  • REX
  • Recumbent bike
  • Free weights

Our program is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We schedule one hour appointments in each of the session, which includes education and cardiovascular conditioning. To schedule an appointment call (507) 283-2321.