Aspirus Heart & Vascular


The battle with cardiovascular disease doesn’t end with surgery or a catheterization procedure. Our nationally recognized Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program has what you need to return to the normal, active lifestyle you once enjoyed. Through education, monitored exercise, and risk factor counseling, we will help you manage your cardiovascular disease. Our program is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Phase I Cardiac Rehab

This begins during your hospital stay. You will receive education and instruction on how to take care of yourself when you return home.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab

A continuation of the process begun in Phase I, this outpatient rehabilitation begins about a week after you leave the hospital. Exercise physiologists and cardiac rehab nurses lead exercise and education sessions designed to halt or slow the advance of heart disease, return you to a normal routine, and enhance your quality of life.


For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please contact Aspirus Cardiac Rehab at 715.847.2830.

The exercise program lasts from six to 12 weeks. Staff continuously monitors your heart rhythms and rates, blood pressures and levels of exertion as you exercise on stationary bikes, treadmills, recumbent bikes, and with weights.

The education portion of the program consists of individual and group classes taught by a Registered Dietitian, Exercise Physiologists and Cardiac Rehab Nurses. All cardiac rehab participants and their family members are welcome to these classes, which are on a four-week rotation and can be entered at any point in the rotation. The classes include:

  • Nutrition Classes
    • Fats and Cholesterol
    • Label Reading
    • Eating Out
    • The Cardiac Diet
  • Cardiac Education Classes
    • Cardiac Risk Factors
    • Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques
    • Exercise & Weight Management
    • Heart Disease & Cardiac Procedures


This special exercise program is supervised by an Exercise Physiologist or Cardiac Rehab Nurse and caters to a broad range of people, specifically those with health concerns or medical conditions such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, or weight problems. It is also valuable for healthy seniors, those uncomfortable exercising in a health club, those who prefer a group exercise setting, or who need individual attention. Kinesis is held in the Cardiac Rehab Department at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Monday through Thursday from 6:45 – 7:45 am and 3 - 4:30 pm

Your first session includes a one-on-one meeting and creation of an individualized exercise program and goals. Healthy people age 40 and under may enter the program without a doctor’s referral. People over 40, with two or more risk factors for heart disease, a history of heart disease or have some other medical problem, require a doctor's referral and possibly a stress test.
Cost: $40 a month per person.

Fitness Intervention Treatment (FIT) Program

This supervised exercise program is designed for patients recently diagnosed with heart and valve disease, obesity, peripheral artery disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and who are not eligible for the Cardiac Rehab Program.

The exercise program is overseen by Exercise Physiologists and Cardiac Rehab Nurses, and includes an initial assessment, orientation to the exercise equipment, and discussion of proper exercise frequency, intensity and duration for your specific needs. The program consists of one-hour exercise sessions, daily health assessments, and group and individual education classes. FIT is held in the Cardiac Rehab Dept at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Participation requires an appropriate diagnosis and physician referral.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one-hour exercise sessions.
Monday and Wednesday one-hour education classes before or after exercise.
Cost: $150 for 5 weeks (about 15 sessions); not covered by insurance.


For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please call Aspirus Cardiac Rehab at 715.847.2830.