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Cardiac Rehabilitation can help people with heart problems to:

  • Recover after a heart attack or heart surgery
  • Prevent future hospital stays, heart problems, and death related to heart problems
  • Address risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease and other heart problems
  • Adopt healthy lifestyle changes
  • Improve their health and quality of life

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac Rehabilitation (Rehab) is a program that helps individuals return to a healthy, productive lifestyle following a life-changing cardiac event. Your heart is a muscle that can be strengthened through exercise that increases in amount and intensity over time. Through medically-supervised exercise training provided in the Cardiac Rehab program, you can achieve your optimal level of cardiac function and overall well-being.

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The program also includes education on heart-healthy living and counseling to help you adjust to the lifestyle changes necessary after a cardiac event. Your rehabilitative needs are the most important priority in the Cardiac Rehab program at St. Mark’s Hospital.

Together with our professionally-trained and compassionate staff, you will navigate your recovery and achieve the best outcome possible.

How the Program Works

Before you begin exercising, you will complete a thorough pre-entrance exam, on which your specific exercise prescription will be based. Within the guidelines of your prescription and under the supervision of our staff , you will participate in a variety of appropriate exercise activities. As you recover, we will gradually increase the intensity of your activities according to your level of fitness.

Typically, Cardiac Rehab patients will complete three, 60-90 minute sessions of exercise, education and counseling per week for up to 12 weeks following the initial recovery from their heart procedure.

Who can Participate

All heart patients are invited to participate in the Cardiac Rehab program. Your physician must refer you to our program by letter or phone call. They will be kept informed of your progress with monthly reports and direct communication when necessary.

Typical Cardiac Rehab patients include those recovering from:

  • Heart Attack
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Heart Transplant
  • Angina
  • Heart Failure
  • Angioplasty/Stent

People of all ages and backgrounds, both men and women, can benefit from Cardiac Rehab.

Learning About Your Heart

The Cardiac Rehab program includes ongoing education on heart health, intended to give you the understanding of what’s necessary to achieve a lifetime of wellness. Education topics include:

  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Heart Healthy Nutrition
  • Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  • Exercise for a Healthy Heart
  • Weight Control
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Understanding Heart Disease
  • Stress Management