Cardiac Rehabilitation

A person recovering from a heart attack, certain heart or valve surgery, or interventional procedure such as angioplasty can improve cardiovascular function and overall sense of wellness through cardiac rehabilitation.

Greenwich Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a 12-week program designed to encourage lifestyle changes to help strengthen your heart through aerobic exercise, light strength training and stretching.

The program includes EKG-monitored exercise and information sessions that focus on heart anatomy, healthy lifestyle changes, medications, nutrition, smoking cessation and stress management. The multidisciplinary team includes exercise physiologists, nurses, supervising physician, and a certified diabetes educator. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehabilitation counseling, group classes and monitored exercise is normally covered by Medicare and private insurance following angioplasty, cardiac bypass, heart attack, heart transplant, heart valve repair/replacement and for patients diagnosed with heart failure, stable angina or peripheral artery disease (claudication). Patients are required to submit a physician referral form before starting the program.

Cardiac rehabilitation may be recommended for an individual with a history of heart disease or who has a cardiac risk factor (e.g., diabetes, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity). Staff will create an individualized exercise program that will include heart rate and blood pressure monitoring before and during exercise. This type of facility use is not covered by insurance and is a self-pay program.