Mackinac Straits Health Systems
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

*Cardiac Rehab in St. Ignace is currently accepting patients for our Phase II and III programs.

What is Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?

Cardiovascular rehabilitation is for people who are recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery, or those at risk for cardiovascular disease.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to participate in a rehab program. Many skilled professionals are part of the cardiovascular rehabilitation team including nurses, exercise specialists, and a medical director. During your exercises, you may be required to wear a wireless cardiac monitor.

Everything you need to stay healthy is in one place and medical staff is on hand all the time.

You will receive individual attention from our staff while learning and exercising in pleasant surroundings. Participants are organized into classes and usually attend two to three days per week. Individual learning needs are assessed and met through a combination of group education classes and one-on-one teaching.

The classes also function as support and social groups and participants often form life long friendships while in the program.

Mackinac Straits Health System Services

Our Rehabilitation Services

The cardiovascular rehabilitation department provides you with quality rehabilitation services including:

  • Education
  • Goal setting with individualized exercise prescription
  • Supervised exercise to build fitness and functional capacity
  • EKG monitoring during exercise
  • Assessment of heart rate, blood pressure, and overall response to exercise
  • Screening for risk factors
  • Support in making and maintaining lifestyle changes
  • Counseling to promote optimal health and well being
  • Opportunities to progress to the Adult Fitness Program (Phase III)

Benefits of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation has been proven beneficial to those suffering from the following:

  • Recent cardiac surgery
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Heart failure (HF)
  • Angina (chest pain)
  • PTCA (angioplasty with or without a stent)
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Multiple cardiac risk factors (i.e. – overweight, smoking, lack of exercise, diabetes, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol)

       Cardiac Rehab Hours are: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For more information about cardiovascular rehabilitation at Mackinac Straits Health System or to make an appointment, please call 906-328-2104.

Stress Testing & Echocardiogram

Services Available:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Echo
  • Dobutamine Stress Echo
  • Treadmill Stress Test
  • 24 & 48 Hour Holter Monitor
  • 30 Day Event Monitor


Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our Cardiac Diagnostics Lab is staffed with:

  • Certified Echo Technician
  • Certified Exercise Specialist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Internal Medicine Physician
  • Board Certified Cardiologist
  • ACLS Certified Staff



Noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to evaluate how well the heart is working. A physician might order this test to help evaluate heart murmurs, help diagnose congestive heart failure, and help treat post heart attack patients.

Stress test

This test will help your doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there is a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart. A physician might order this test if you are having chest pain or shortness of breath.

Holter Monitor

This is a small pocket size monitor that continuously records the heart’s rhythm. The monitor is worn for 24-48 hours and records your hearts electrical activity. This information is downloaded into a computer and reviewed by a cardiologist to determine if there are any irregular heart rhythms. A physician might order this if you are experiencing palpitations, dizziness, or a rapid heart rate.

Event Monitor

This is also used to detect abnormal heart rhythms. This records the heart’s electrical activity at the push of a button. Patients trigger the devices when they first begin to feel the signs of dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness, heart racing or fluttering. The monitor stores the heart rhythm and then it is sent via telephone for a cardiologist to review.

To Schedule an appointment or for more information, call: (906)-328-2109.