Cardiac Rehabilitation

Story County Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to help people recover, both physically and emotionally, from a heart attack, heart-related procedures or surgery. Completing a cardiac rehabilitation program helps reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

Through monitored, individualized physical exercise, education, and counseling, 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.

Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation is the initial recovery period, beginning after a related heart procedure while the patient is in the hospital and ending when the patient is discharged.

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation has two components: exercise and education. 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. Patients also self-refer to Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation.


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 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.

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 on an individual basis. Cardiac rehabilitation staff members are available to consult with patients regarding a physical fitness plan best suited to meet their health care needs.

Phase III and Phase IV can be combined to further a patient's overall recovery.


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.