The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
— Helen Keller
Why Tri-County Health Care?
Knowledge is power. At Tri-County Health Care, our cardiac rehabilitation staff gives people the information they need and the support and resources to make a difference. Cardiac rehabilitation is an outpatient program designed to improve the health and well-being of people with heart problems. It is designed to condition the patient and their heart, as well as, educate patients regarding the exercise and nutrition needed to lead a more healthy lifestyle and avoid future heart problems.
Parking for Cardiac Rehab Patients
For ease and convenience, we ask all cardiac rehab patients to enter in our emergency department entrance and park in our north lot located on the north side of our facility directly off of Jefferson Street.
You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Chest pain (angina)
- Certain congenital heart diseases
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Angioplasty and stents
- Heart or lung transplant
- Heart valve repair or replacements
Heredity is a big risk factor for heart disease as well as diabetes, obesity, lifestyle without exercise, high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking. In addition to monitored exercise, patients in cardiac rehab learn about their risk factors and what they can do to minimize the risk of additional cardiac issues.
Our staff also educates patients about heart-healthy habits and risk factor modifications. Each patient in cardiac rehab is under medical supervision while exercising. Every patient is unique in their capabilities, therefore cardiac rehab offers personalized and individualized care.
Services and education in our cardiac rehab department comes from wide range of professionals including coronary care registered nurses trained in cardiac rehab and advanced cardiac life support, a Tri-County dietitian, pharmacist and respiratory therapist. Tri-County also has cardiologists on-site every week at our Wadena Clinic.
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps your doctor find out how well your heart handles its workload. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more fuel and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there's a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart. Taking a stress test also helps your doctor know the kind and level of physical activity that's right for you.
Why do people need stress tests?
Doctors use exercise stress tests to find out:
- If you have an irregular heartbeat
- If your symptoms (such as chest pain or difficulty breathing) are related to your heart
- How hard you should exercise when you are joining a cardiac rehabilitation program or starting an exercise program
- If treatments you have received for heart disease are working.If you need other tests (such as a coronary angiogram) to detect narrowed arteries