Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a thirty-six session program that meets three times per week. During this time you will learn how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. The goals of our cardiac rehabilitation program are to help you regain strength, prevent your condition from worsening, and reduce your risk of future heart problems.

While you are in cardiac rehab you will work closely with our registered nurse, a specialist in cardiology and heart monitoring. With your input, and help from our nurse, physician and dietitian, an individualized treatment and education plan will be implemented to help you succeed.

Who should take part in cardiac rehab?

Doctors often prescribe cardiac rehab for people who have had:

  • Stable angina (chest pain)
  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • Heart attack
  • Stent placement
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Heart Transplant

How does cardiac rehabilitation work?

In cardiac rehab, there are three components:

  • Participation in heart-monitored exercise that will begin slowly and increase in duration and intensity based on your physical ability, activity level prior to the heart event, vocational and recreational needs and interests.
  • Education (one-on-one and/or group), that helps patients better understand their heart condition and learn ways to reduce the risk of future problems. Patients also learn how to cope with the stress.
  • Adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with fears about the future.

Why should you participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehab has many benefits. It can improve your overall health and quality of life and reduce your overall chance of dying. Several analyses have found that cardiac rehabilitation reduces the chance of dying early by 20% to 25%. A 2004 study also found that participating in cardiac rehabilitation reduces the risk of having a heart attack by 28%. After 3 years, only 5% of rehabilitation participants had died compared with 36% of those who did not participate. This survival benefit and the reduced chance of having a heart attack were seen in both men and women.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding cardiac rehabilitation, please feel free to contact the department at (641) 932-1677.