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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

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.

What is cardiac rehabilitation (rehab)?

Cardiac rehabilitation (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:

  • Angina
  • 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:

  • Treadmills
  • Bikes
  • Rowers
  • NuStepĀ® machines
  • Upper body cycles
  • Weights

During your one-hour cardiac rehab appointment, you will be on a continuous EK

G 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.

UPMC Jameson
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Mazon Building, Suite 301
3124 Wilmington Road
New Castle, PA 16105

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UPMC Shadyside
Cardiac and Pulmonary
Shadyside Medical Building
Suite 503
5200 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

UPMC Horizon
Cardiac Rehabilitation
110 N. Main Street
Greenville, PA 16125


Monday, Wednesday, Friday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

UPMC Cardiopulmonary Rehab - White Oak
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
2001 Lincoln Way
White Oak, PA.15131


Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Bedford
Cardiac Rehab
10455 Lincoln Highway
Everett, PA 15537


Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UPMC Altoona
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Station Medical Center
1616 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

UPMC Passavant - Cranberry
Cardiac and Pulmonary
Building 3, Suite 203
3 St. Francis Way
Cranberry Township, PA. 16066


Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UPMC Northwest
Cardiac Rehabilitation
100 Fairfield Drive
Seneca, PA 16346


Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

UPMC Hamot
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
3330 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16508

Please call for hours information.

Learn More About Cardiac Rehab and Heart Health 

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Read an interview with Jon Ledyard, director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, about the benefits of cardiac rehab and existing challenges in getting patients to complete cardiac rehab programs.