If you have had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, it's important to make lifestyle changes.
To support a heart-healthy way of living, doctors at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute may recommend that you:
- Take prescribed heart medication.
- Get proper nutrition.
- Quit smoking.
- Participate in a supervised cardiac rehabilitation program.
Cardiac rehab is an outpatient, physician-prescribed exercise program meant to help you:
- Strengthen your heart muscle.
- Increase your energy.
- Lose excess weight and maintain a healthy weight.
It has physical, emotional, and psychological benefits and can help reduce the chances of a second heart attack.
Who is Eligible for Cardiac Rehab?
Your doctor may refer you for cardiac rehabilitation if you have one of the following:
- Heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Heart valve replacement or repair
- Balloon angioplasty or stenting
- Heart or lung transplant
- Other heart-related conditions and procedures
Most insurers cover cardiac rehab programs.
Cardiac Rehabilitation: What to Expect
Cardiac rehab typically runs for one hour, three days a week. The program lasts between six and 12 weeks, depending on your needs.
At your first visit, our professional staff of nurses and exercise physiologists will complete a:
- Detailed interview
- Brief physical exam
- Comprehensive review of your medical history
They will then design an individualized exercise and heart-health improvement plan to help you meet your personal goals.
With the objective of increasing cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength, they will train you to exercise on the equipment that is appropriate for you, such as:
- Elliptical trainers
- Upper body cycles
During your one-hour cardiac rehab appointment, you will be on a continuous EKG monitor and have your blood pressure checked while exercising.
In addition, your cardiac rehab team will meet with you to ask about signs and symptoms and to review your progress.
Cardiac Rehab Locations
Your cardiologist or heart surgeon can arrange cardiac rehabilitation services at any of the following locations.
Shadyside Medical Building, Suite 503
5200 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
|UPMC Passavant (Cranberry)|
Building 3, Suite 203
3 St. Francis Way
Cranberry Township, PA. 16066
110 N. Main Street
Greenville, PA 16125
2200 Memorial Drive
Farrell, PA 16121
2001 Lincoln Way
White Oak, PA.15131
100 Fairfield Drive
Seneca, PA 16346
|UPMC Bedford Memorial
10455 Lincoln Highway
Everett, PA 15537
|Ohio Valley General Hospital|
25 Heckel Road, Kennedy Township
McKees Rocks, PA 15136-1694
412-777-6849 or 412-777-6850
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