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Cardiac & Pulmonary

Tomah Health’s department of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation offers comprehensive outpatient programs for patients managing cardiovascular or lung diseases.Tomah Health Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation logo

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease

These services require a physician’s referral. The goal is to improve overall quality of life by the way of exercise, medication management, risk factor reduction, and training to self-manage daily living.

After an initial evaluation our Clinical Exercise Physiologists will work with the physician to design an individually tailored exercise and education plan that promotes improving cardiovascular fitness and pulmonary efficiency according to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines. Patients typically receive two to three closely monitored exercise sessions per week in our state-of-the-art rehab gym.

Our programs run four to twelve weeks in length. Each person’s rehab program is determined individually based on physical condition and personal goals.




Based on scientific studies, participation in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can:

Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Improve physical function and strength
  • Reduce the risk of additional coronary problems
  • Improvement in blood lipid levels
  • Improvement in mental well-being and reduced stress
  • Longer lifespan

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Reduce and control respiratory symptoms
  • Reduce shortness of breath
  • Improve ability to perform daily activities
  • Improve physical conditioning
  • Reduction in number of hospitalizations and number of days hospitalized

Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease

  • Reduce severity of claudication symptoms
  • Improved initial and maximal claudication times (reduce disability)


You may be eligible to participate in Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation, or Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for PAD if you have one of the following conditions:

Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Stable Angina
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (angioplasty or stenting)
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant
Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis/Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Transplant

Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease

  • PAD with documented symptoms

Medical Insurance Coverage

Insurance companies generally cover these programs, although you may want to check your plan to determine co-pays or other requirements. If this program is not a covered benefit, we can help you pursue other resources that may be available.

Patient Resources

A physical therapist showing an elderly man how to use 5 lb weightsYour health and wellness are important to us! Our HealthClips Online Video and Resource Library is available for you to browse for accurate, reliable health and wellness information.

The following programs are recommended for you:

  • The Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Controlling your Risk Factors for a Healthier Heart
  • Exercising for Results: SMART Goal Setting
  • How do I manage my medications

To access, visit:

This resource is proudly provided to you by Tomah Health. This resource was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Wellness Network.

Quality and Accreditations

Exercise is Medicine credential

Tomah Health Cardiac Rehab staff is ‘Exercise is Medicine’ credential with the ACSM American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) credential is a designation earned by achieving a combination of education and certification that allows staff to provide exercise guidance as an extended member of the health care team. Tomah Health Cardiac Rehab Coordinator Shana Steele, MS, RCEP, CCRP, CSCS, EIM3, said the credential allows staff the opportunity to work effectively with physicians and other health care providers to use exercise and physical activity, in the correct dosage as an effective patient care prescription.


AACVPR Certified Program logoOur Cardiac Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.


For more information, contact Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator Shana Steele, MS, RCEP, CCRP, CSCS at (608) 377-8354.

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