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Cardiac Rehabilitation


Our cardiac rehabilitation offers a program that can greatly improve the quality of your life. If you have heart disease or are at risk for heart disease, your physician may suggest this program. Our team of trained professionals is eager to get you enrolled and help you develop a heart-healthy lifestyle. Through this comprehensive outpatient program of supervised exercise and education, our heart patients can recover faster, reduce their symptoms and lower the risk of future heart problems.


Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program following a cardiac event designed to help you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Trained professionals work as a team to identify your individual needs and help patients modify their risk factors. Proper diet and exercise are the first steps in preventing the reoccurrence of heart disease. Our staff will help you cope with heart disease (the fears and anxieties) as you return to an active lifestyle.


For more information on the Lakewood Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please call 216.227.2638.


Inpatient Program / Phase I

The inpatient program occurs during your stay in the hospital. The cardiac team combines efforts to identify your individual needs and provide you with the education you need to prepare for your return home.

Outpatient Program / Phase II

Your physician must approve your participation in the outpatient program. The cardiac rehab staff, with help from your physician, will develop an individualized education and exercise program to help you meet your goals. Throughout the program the staff communicates your progress to your physician. Registration usually occurs within the first few weeks of recovery at home after a cardiac event or surgery. Most insurance companies cover participation in the outpatient program.

Medicare covered diagnoses include:

  • Heart Attack within the past year
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery within the past year
  • Coronary Angioplasty or Stenting
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Heart or combined Heart/Lung Transplant
  • Stable Angina (chest pain)


We encourage you to check with your insurance company to see if you are covered for telemetry monitored exercise prior to beginning cardiac rehab.

During the one-hour sessions, a member of the cardiac rehab staff closely monitors your heart rate, rhythm, exercise levels and blood pressure while guiding you through an exercise routine. Stationary bikes, treadmills, arm ergometers and recumbent steppers are commonly used for exercise. The staff also will provide information and support to assist you in reducing risk factors, improving exercise capacity resulting in an increased quality of life.



Maintenance Program / Phase III

Our cardiac rehab team strongly urges you to get involved in building a better, stronger future for yourself. The maintenance program is geared toward patients with risk for heart disease or those who have graduated from the Phase II outpatient program. This program will give you the opportunity to meet others like yourself and the incentive to maintain a healthier heart. You must have your physician’s permission to participate in the exercise program. This program is designed to teach you how to exercise safely and make exercise a part of your lifestyle. You will exercise on various types of equipment under the supervision of our staff. Sessions will focus on teaching independence and self monitoring.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Strengthened heart muscle
  • Increase endurance
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • More controlled blood sugar levels
  • Increased knowledge about risk factors
  • Restoration of self-confidence
  • Improved ability to deal with anxiety and depression
  • Socialization
  • Earlier detection of medical problems

Participants in Cardiac Rehab meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday - either in the morning or the afternoon - in the hospital's spacious and attractive third floor atrium. 


A physician referral is necessary to participate in the program. 


Call our nurse coordinator at 216.227.2638 for more information, including program cost and times.

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