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Cardiac Rehabilitation at UPMC in Central Pa.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute offers expert care to help you safely resume your daily activities after a cardiac event or procedure.

Why choose the UPMC in Central Pa. Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

If you have had a cardiac event or a cardiac procedure, cardiac rehabilitation is a very important part of recovery. Our program offers the guidance and support you need to get stronger, stay active and feel confident throughout your recovery and beyond.

Evidence shows that patients who attend 18 to 24 cardiac rehabilitation sessions receive the most benefit and experience positive changes such as:

  • Increased exercise and activity tolerance
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced blood cholesterol
  • Reduced body fat
  • Quitting smoking
  • An enhanced sense of well-being
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Fewer hospitalizations
  • Reduced anxiety
  • A better outlook on life

What Is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehabilitation, also known as cardiac rehab, is a program recommended for patients recovering from a heart attack, congestive heart failure or heart surgery. The program aims at helping the patient recover and regain control of their health.

Even though cardiac rehab cannot reverse the effects of heart problems, joining the program can go a long way toward improving the overall health of your heart and lowering the risk of future cardiac attacks.

What Is Involved in Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation entails various activities designed to help improve the health of your heart. You will partner with a team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and nutritionists throughout the program.

Some of the most essential activities involved include:

What Are the Phases of Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehabilitation has three phases:

Who Is Eligible for Cardiac Rehab?

Anyone with a history of heart problems is eligible for cardiac rehabilitation. You may benefit from this program if you have experienced any of the following conditions:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Heart surgery

What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Some of the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include:

Conditions We Treat

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is an outpatient progressive exercise and education program designed to help patients recovering from recent cardiovascular-related operations or problems such as:

Our Services

During cardiac rehabilitation, you will attend exercise therapy sessions three times a week in a supervised exercise setting. You will be closely monitored while performing your exercise program, which is customized for their unique needs. For example, your exercise program might include resistance training and the use of equipment, including:

  • Stationary bicycles
  • Arm ergometry
  • Treadmills
  • Steps
  • Arm weights
  • Pulleys
As part of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, our cardiac care experts provide education to help you learn about your heart condition and how to manage your risk factor(s) to promote better health. You and your loved ones will meet regularly with a member of your cardiac rehabilitation team to discuss your progress and establish future goals.


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