Heart &
Vascular

Cardiac Rehabilitation

A two-phase recovery program

Phase One
Phase One begins in the hospital during your recovery from a heart attack, angioplasty, congestive heart failure or surgery. During this time, our cardiac rehab team provides education, support and low-level daily exercise to help you become active again with confidence.

We will give you and your family information about your heart condition, how lifestyle and risk factors have affected your health, and how to change your lifestyle to reduce future risk. We can also provide one-on-one education and support on dealing with your care after surgery.

Phase Two
After you return home as an outpatient, you’ll participate in a structured exercise program three times a week and receive extensive education to help you get you back on your feet and into a healthy lifestyle.

You qualify for outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation if you were hospitalized recently with a heart attack, angioplasty and/or stent, heart catheterization with angina or open-heart surgery, including bypass or valve replacement.

An exercise physiologist will perform a baseline evaluation on you by an exercise physiologist to help determine your present fitness level. Then you’ll be given an personalized exercise program that is monitored by specially trained registered nurses and exercise physiologists. Each session includes a warm-up, cardiovascular workout, resistance training, cool-down and a relaxation period. When you complete this monitored exercise program, you’ll receive an exercise program that you can follow at home.

Phase 2 also includes:

  • Personalized nutrition evaluation and counseling from a registered dietitian to help identify heart healthy food choices and assist with weight loss, if needed.
  • Personal risk factor identification, including smoking cessation and stress reduction techniques.
  • A comprehensive education program designed to encourage lifestyle changes and help you develop healthy habits. Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation, heart disease and weight management
  • A positive support system for you and your loved ones, including social support with others who have had a cardiac event. We provide ongoing support and counseling addressing your personal concerns, such as relationship changes, sexual activity, stress management and work activities.

Phase Two is covered by most insurance companies and requires a referral from your doctor.

Hearty Living: A Lifelong Wellness Program

Maintaining good health is crucial to prevent further heart disease or another heart event. Hearty Living is a lifelong wellness program for those who have completed Phase Two of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program or who have significant risk factors for coronary artery disease.

Hearty living includes an ongoing exercise program two or three times a week under the direction of health care professionals. Each session includes a warm-up, cardiovascular workout, resistance training and a cool-down period.

To enter Hearty Living, you must be referred by your doctor and, at his or her discretion, undergo a cardiac stress test.