Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Helping patients for more than 20 years.

Maintaining your body’s health and strength is the best way to  prevent another heart attack and get the most of life. Cardiac rehab is prescribed for patients who have had:

  • a heart attack
  • coronary artery stents or angioplasty

  • coronary artery bypass surgery

  • heart valve surgery

  • heart failure
  • heart transplant

  • chronic stable angina

  • peripheral artery disease

Pulmonary rehab is prescribed for patients with a chronic lung disease such as:

  • Chronic bronchitis

  • Emphysema

  • Asthma

Cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs require a physician referral. Talk to your family doctor, pulmonologist, cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. Ask your doctor if you qualify.

Most private insurance plans and Medicare cover our cardiopulmonary rehab program. Our staff can help you determine if your insurance plan will cover the cost of the program.

One-hour exercise sessions are held two to three times each week at our cardiopulmonary exercise room. You will learn about your risk factors, stress reduction, medications, healthy eating and smoking cessation, if needed. Throughout the program, you may work with other patients, share experiences and motivate each other to achieve lifestyle changes.

Your cardiac and pulmonary rehab team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists and dietitians. This team is trained in exercise therapy to help you functionally and emotionally. Your team will closely monitor each step of your therapy to identify potential problems. We will share your progress with your physician. 

Benchmarks prove this program works. The benchmarks that Upland Hills Health’s Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab Programs had to meet for this first-ever outcome-based “performance measure” Certification were:

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Improvement in functional capacity in >70% of participants increasing 6-Minute Walk distance by 98.42 feet. 100% of our participants met this performance measure.

  • Improvement in Quality of Life in >70% of participants by using a validated tool to demonstrate minimum clinical important difference (MCID). 100% of our participants met this performance measure.

  • Improvement in dyspnea by using a validated tool to demonstrate minimum clinical important difference (MCID) for dyspnea improvement. Goal is 70% of participants having met the MCID. Our program’s was 60%. The other 40% were exactly at MCID rather than exceeding MCID.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Improvement in blood pressure management to have 70% of participants at Blood Pressure goal of <140/90. 93.75% of our participants met this performance measure.

  • Improvement in functional capacity in >70% of participant by increasing 6-Minute Walk Distance by 10%. 100% of our participants met this performance measure.

  • Improvement in depression symptoms in >70% of clinically depressed patients by demonstrating minimum clinical important difference (MCID) for the respective survey tool. 85.71% of our clinically depressed patients improved their depression.

  • Providing Tobacco Cessation Intervention to current tobacco users and recent quitters within the last 6 months. Performance measure was that at least 70% of patients would receive intervention. 100% of our participants that were either smokers or recent quitters received a documented intervention.

*These results were for patients enrolled in the program during the 2017 calendar year, and are typical for the program.

Extraordinary Patient Programs

  • Fit to Fight: Cancer empowerment program facilitated by two of only three certified cancer exercise specialists in the state.

  • Heart Building 101: A supportive group for those with heart problems looking to start or maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. See dates for upcoming sessions.

  • Seven O’Clock Club

Helpful Information for Monitoring Your Blood Pressure 

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Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department at 608-930-7160 or via fax at 608-930-7253

Does my insurance work with Upland Hills Health?

It’s one of the most common questions our patient financial services experts get.

Most people are surprised to learn that Upland Hills Health works with a wide range of health plan and PPOs. We are an independent, nonprofit healthcare organization, always pursuing additional insurance carriers that service our communities.


Most frequently used insurance plans:

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