Cardiac Rehabilitation

Helping you recover from your cardiac event

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Anna Jaques Hospital

Heart strong, live long! Strengthen your heart with care offered through Cardiac Rehabilitation at Anna Jaques Hospital. Through education, counseling and supervised exercise, you’ll improve your overall health.

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised exercise and counseling program that will help you overcome the physical and psychological impact of heart disease. Research published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology found that cardiac rehab participants had a 95% survival rate after three years, compared with a survival rate of 64% among non-participants.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehab

Your Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional will customize a program specifically to help you:

  • Enhance your emotional well-being
  • Get back to an active life
  • Improve your physical stamina
  • Increase your understanding of heart disease
  • Modify your lifestyle to limit your risk of developing heart problems in the future

Do You Need Heart Rehabilitation?

Your doctor may recommend cardiac rehab if you:

  • Experience chest pain (stable angina)
  • Get a heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Have been diagnosed with a heart attack in the past year
  • Had angioplasty or a stent to open a clogged artery
  • Have symptomatic peripheral arterial disease
  • Receive coronary bypass surgery
  • Undergo heart valve surgery

Services We Offer

Our program includes:

  • Cardiac risk factor modification and counseling
  • Continuous telemetry monitoring
  • Educational classes that cover a variety of topics
  • Individual treatment plan and a personalized exercise program
  • Support services

Insurance Coverage

Medicare and many other insurance companies cover most of the cost of cardiac rehab. We encourage you to check with your insurance company to learn about your specific coverage.

What To Expect

Get details on what to expect if you visit Cardiac Rehabilitation at Anna Jaques Hospital.

How do I get started?

You’ll need a current doctor’s referral and need to meet specific entry requirements.

We hold cardiac rehab classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses and exercise physiologists supervise the program. You’ll receive monitoring on telemetry equipment before, during and after your workout.

What happens during rehabilitation?

Before you begin rehab, a nurse and exercise physiologist will review your:

  • Lifestyle habits
  • Medical history
  • Physical abilities and limitations

We then recommend a personalized program that includes a variety of strategies:

  • Individual and group educational sessions about topics such as: 
    • Eating nutritious foods
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Managing cholesterol and high blood pressure
    • Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
    • Using medications correctly
  • Supervised group exercise, such as:
    • Cycling on a stationary bike
    • Lifting weights
    • Rowing on a machine
    • Walking on a treadmill
  • Support that improves your mood and helps you navigate life transitions and relationship changes after a cardiac event.
What does patient education involve?

We hold education classes once per week and cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Anatomy of the heart
  • Exercise
  • Health eating
  • Improved sleep
  • Interventions and treatments
  • Risk factor modifications
  • Stress management
  • Understanding heart disease
How long does rehab last?

Based on your diagnosis and health situation, you may attend 12, 18 or 24 rehab sessions.

Are services covered by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)?

Services are only covered by CMS if patients have one of the following diagnoses:

  • Myocardial Infarction (within the last 12 months)
  • Stable Angina Pectoris*
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) or Coronary Stent
  • Heart Transplantation, or Heart-Lung transplant
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Stable Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)**

*Stable patients are defined as patient who have no had recent (≤ 6 weeks) or planned (≤6 months) major cardiovascular hospitalizations or procedures.

**Stable CHF patients are defined as LVEF ≤ 35% and NYHA Class II to IV symptoms despite being on optimal heart failure therapy for at least 6 weeks.

Services & Specialties

Our heart and vascular providers work with these and other specialty areas to deliver heart care.