OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

Escanaba, Michigan

Cardiac Rehabilitation

OSF St. Francis Rehabilitation Services includes a full-service Cardiac Rehabilitation program designed to help patients recovering from a heart attack, as well as those who have been diagnosed with cardiac disease.

The goal is to help patients maintain and improve quality of life. Using a two-phase approach, the program helps individuals:

Who is Eligible?

  • Any patient who has had a recent myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Any patient who has had recent coronary bypass surgery
  • Patients recently hospitalized for cardiac surgery or other cardiac procedures

Two-Phase Program

Phase I

During hospitalization, patients are motivated and encouraged by the cardiac rehabilitation team to safely attain the highest physical and mental capacity possible prior to discharge. A program using both exercise and education is custom designed based on the patient's unique needs.


Exercise minimizes the recovery period for cardiac patients by strengthening the heart muscle and increasing the patient's activity tolerance level. Under the general direction of a physician, a graded cardiovascular program guided by a licensed physical therapist is designed. Exercise is initiated at the bedside and progresses to calisthenics, walking in the hall and using cardiovascular exercise equipment.


Information includes:

  • Risk Factor Modification
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
  • Nutrition and Your Heart
  • Stress Management
  • Taking Your Pulse
  • Home Exercise
  • Medications
  • Relaxation Therapy

Phase II

A continuation of progress made during inpatient therapy (Phase I), Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is done on an outpatient basis and is designed to provide additional assistance with exercise and education.