Sanford Bemidji Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is a program of monitored exercise, education, and counseling. It is for you or a loved one following a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, chronic chest pain, or if you are at significant risk for heart problems. The goals of the program are:

  • To help you feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • To reduce your risk for future problems from heart disease

 Program team members are under the supervision of a physician and include:

  • You or a loved one
  • Physician
  • Nurses
  • Cardiac rehab staff
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Occupational therapists
  • Exercise specialist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chaplain
  • Registered dietitian

Cardiac Rehab Phases I, II, III, and IV

Cardiac Rehabilitation is divided up into four phases. Each phase must be prescribed by a physician.

Phase I

The first phase of cardiac rehab occurs when you are hospitalized for a heart attack, bypass surgery, or angioplasty. During this phase, your activity level is gradually increased through exercise and self-care activity while staff closely monitors your responses. Education and counseling are also provided to help you adjust to your illness and lifestyle change.

Phase II

The second phase is an outpatient program, provided after you leave the hospital. In Phase II you will attend three one-hour sessions a week at Cardiac Rehab for 6 to 12 weeks. Each session consists of exercise, education, and close monitoring by staff. The amount of exercise you do is specific to your abilities and is designed to be safe, yet effective. The doctor is given regular information about your progress. Most insurances (including Medicare) cover the cost of the program to some degree. It is important that you check with your insurance company for coverage benefits under your plan.

Phase III

Phase III Cardiac Rehab is a supervised exercise program for individuals who have graduated from Phase II or anyone at high risk for developing a heart problem. Participants may come 2-3 days a week for exercise and education. Pulse and blood pressures are monitored before, during, and after exercise. Insurance coverage is not available for Phase III. This is a self-pay program with an initial evaluation, including EKG, for $23.00 and then $13.00 per session. All participants are referred by their physician.

Phase IV

Phase IV Cardiac Rehab or “Fitness Plus” program is a comprehensive exercise and education program that focuses on health promotion and risk factor reduction. The program provides individuals with heart disease or those at risk for heart disease an opportunity to attain or maintain a desired level of activity. In addition, the program is designed to enhance personal well-being and quality of life by assisting individuals in adopting an active lifestyle. Fitness Plus offers individualized instruction in a safe, supervised environment. The content of the program is designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. The program is held at Sanford Bemidji Rehab Services (located within the Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Center) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40.00 per month and is a self-pay program. Insurances are not billed for this service.

For more information regarding any of the phases of cardiac rehab, please contact Sanford Bemidji Cardiac Rehab at the information below.

Contact Us:

Sanford Bemidji
Cardiac Rehabilitation 
1300 Anne Street, NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

(218) 333-5846


Phases I, II, and III of Cardiac Rehab are located on the fourth floor of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Phase IV Cardiac Rehab is located within the Sanford Bemidji Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Center.