Following a heart attack or heart surgery, or if you live with coronary artery disease—including chest pain (angina)—or congestive heart failure, your doctor will likely recommend cardiac rehabilitation to help you recover, manage your condition and return to healthy living. Our comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program and dedicated staff support you and your family every step of the way as you make important lifestyle adjustments after a cardiac event or diagnosis.

Because education and risk assessment are essential to maintaining heart health, we also offer weekly classes and other resources to help you prevent heart disease and live a heart-healthy life. Consult our online calendar for classes and lectures that focus on heart and vascular care.

Your First Choice for Cardiac Rehabilitation

When you choose Parkland Medical Center for cardiac rehab, you’re choosing comprehensive services in a convenient location. Our three-phase program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and medically directed by a New England Heart Institute (NEHI) board-certified cardiologist. You’ll have access to a team of exercise physiologists, nurses, physical therapists, pulmonologists, nutritionists, cardiologists, respiratory therapists and internists, who will tailor your program to your specific needs.

Three-Phase Cardiac Rehab Program

Our Phase I program starts your rehab while you’re still a patient in the hospital. Phase II follows you immediately after discharge and continues to help you return to function as quickly as possible. Once you’ve successfully completed Phase II, you’ll want to take advantage of our Phase III self-pay program to keep you on the path to living a full and active life. Program components typically include:

  • Goal-setting for realistic lifestyle changes
  • Medically supervised progressive exercise conditioning and activity
  • Weight management consultation
  • Stress management and emotional support, including integrative care services, such as Reiki and massage therapy, to heal your mind, body and spirit
  • Educational programs to help you understand your condition and avoid future heart problems
  • Smoking cessation education
  • Heart-healthy nutrition classes and one-on-one counseling with our registered dietitians

How You Benefit from Cardiac Rehab

When you participate in our cardiac rehabilitation program, you’ll learn to:

  • Recognize symptoms of heart disease and when to seek medical attention
  • Begin a personalized home exercise program designed to fit your needs
  • Work toward your ideal body weight and cholesterol level through physical activity and good nutrition
  • Increase your functional capacity and improve your confidence to resume an active life
  • Return to your regular work and leisure activities
  • Reduce your risk factors and chances of future heart attack
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle with the help of your cardiac rehabilitation team

Start Right Now

Physician referral is required for our medically monitored cardiac rehab services. Ask your doctor to call Parkland’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department at 603.432.1500 and let you know when you can begin. You may be required to take a treadmill stress test as a baseline for creating the exercise program that will be most effective for you.

Many insurance carriers cover the costs of our monitored cardiac rehab services. You may be responsible for a copayment. For questions about insurance coverage, guidelines or reimbursement, talk directly to your insurance provider.

Recovery, Maintenance & Support

Our cardiac rehab team works to prepare you for independent exercise and lifestyle changes you can carry forward after discharge. You also have the option to join our Cardiac Rehabilitation Maintenance Program, a self-paid service consisting of independent exercise with Parkland staff supervision.

Continue to support your heart health through educational programs, health fairs, screenings and other community events—many in cooperation with our American Heart Association partnership—such as the annual Heart Walk, Go Red for Women and Red Dress/Wear Red Day.