Cardiac Rehabilitation

Helping Patients to Stay Heart-Healthy

At Gottlieb, your cardiac care includes working to regain your strength and reduce risk factors that affect your health. Gottlieb Rehabilitation Services offers cardiac rehab to heart patients while they are in the hospital and afterward. If you suffer from angina or have recently experienced a heart attack, heart surgery, coronary angioplasty or congestive heart failure, Gottlieb's cardiac rehab program can assist you in achieving optimal health and fitness.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is located on the second floor of the Rehab Services Building, 555 W. North Ave., between the Gottlieb Professional Building and the Gottlieb Center for Fitness. A physician order is required to participate in cardiac rehab. The program is open to patients of doctors from throughout the area.

The three main goals of the Cardiac Rehabilitation program are to:

  1. Increase your physical work capacity through exercise, thereby improving your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength.
  2. Help you recognize and modify your cardiac risk factors through individual and group education sessions.
  3. Improve the overall quality of your life by helping you return to work faster, decrease stress and renew self-confidence.

Phase I

Phase I begins while you are in the hospital, and is designed to prevent the deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest. It consists of graduated exercises that begin at the bedside, work tolerance activities and education. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and registered nurses are involved in this phase.

Phase II 

A physician order is required to participate in the 12-week outpatient exercise and education program. Phase II is for people who have recently had a heart attack, angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, heart transplant, angina or congestive heart failure.  It starts two to four weeks after you are discharged from the hospital.

Before you begin the program, you will attend an initial evaluation session so we can obtain your health history, review your cardiac risk factors and orient you to the program.

One-hour Phase II classes are offered three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 am to 4 pm, on the second floor of the Rehab Services building.

The program is individualized for each person and is set up by the staff, and each exercise plan is approved by the medical director. Most patients will do 20-40 minutes of exercise each session on a variety of exercise equipment including treadmill, arm crank, stationary bike and rowing machine. Classes are supervised by registered nurses with extensive cardiology experience and respiratory therapists, who continuously monitor your heart rate and rhythm. Blood pressure is checked before, during and after exercise. While in Phase II, our staff will work with you to increase your exercise workloads and provide education on lifestyle modifications. Your physician(s) will be notified of your progress throughout the program.

During the group education sessions, participants will learn about various topics including:

  • Coronary anatomy and physiology
  • Stress and relaxation techniques
  • Medications
  • Exercise guidelines
  • Dietary management (including label reading, dining out, holiday eating and managing sodium)
  • Cholesterol
  • Risk factor modifications 
  • Cardiac testing

Medicare and most insurance carriers provide coverage for Phase II Cardiac Rehab. 

After completion of Phase II, participants are encouraged to continue to exercise. Among many programs offered at Gottlieb Center for Fitness, which is adjacent to Rehabilitation Services, is Adult Cardio Training, which is supervised by exercise physiology staff.

For additional information or to schedule an orientation session, call 708-538-4553.