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Cardiac Rehabilitation, Recovery & Support

Cardiac rehabilitation, an essential part of your long-term recovery, is a comprehensive program of supervised exercise, education, counseling and support designed to help prevent the progression of heart disease.

How You Benefit from Cardiac Rehab

When you choose cardiac rehabilitation at the hospitals of Adventist HealthCare, you benefit from the guidance and expertise of our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, certified diabetes educators and licensed psychologists who focus on returning you to the life you love as quickly and safely as possible.

By completing our cardiac rehab program, you'll reduce your heart disease risk factors and recurrent events and enjoy a better quality of life. You'll also find that your emotional stability, outlook on life and your ability to exercise and survive have improved. In addition, you'll know more about your condition and how to handle it, and you’ll be better able to carry out the activities of daily living.

Am I a Candidate for Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac rehabilitation may be a good choice if you're at high risk of developing heart disease or if you're recovering from:

  • Heart attack
  • Angioplasty or stent
  • Bypass surgery
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Other cardiovascular events

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Adventist HealthCare

Take advantage of the three-phase cardiac rehab programs at Adventist HealthCare. Among the largest in the state of Maryland, they're nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This means you'll participate in the most advanced programs available anywhere and ones that are awarded for their ongoing commitment to improving your quality of life. Each year, we serve nearly 24,000 people ages 18 to 95.

Most medical insurance plans cover the cost for cardiac rehabilitation. Our staff will be happy to help you verify your insurance coverage.

You must have a physician referral to participate. Ask your doctor if cardiac rehab will meet your recovery needs or bring your signed referral form to one of our program centers.

Phase I: Initial Meeting

Whether you're admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular event or referred to our programs, a member of Adventist's cardiac rehab team will meet with you to review the program details and answer questions about your recovery.

Phase II: Monitored Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

This phase of the program starts with a comprehensive assessment by our cardiac rehab team. Then, you’ll take part in a program designed specifically for you that includes monitored exercise and health education. Typically, monitored exercise consists of group sessions held three days per week, lasting up to 36 sessions or 12 weeks. During each session, our team of experts provides educational information and continually tracks your progress through warm-up, conditioning, strengthening, cool-down and relaxation exercises.

Sessions are supervised by a registered nurse (RN) or exercise physiologist skilled in both exercise training and advanced cardiac life support. We keep your referring physician updated on your progress and provide you with instructions for exercises you can do at home. Once you complete the program, you can take advantage of our optional, self-pay "On Target" program of ongoing support and guidance in a supervised setting.

Phase III: Maintenance & "On Target" Program

Phase III of cardiac rehab helps you achieve self-monitored, lifelong fitness. Our maintenance and/or "On Target" programs offer you ongoing support and guidance in a supervised setting. You'll work with our specialists to create an individualized exercise program with realistic goals designed to help you achieve a heart-healthy life. And, if needed, we'll provide referrals to additional healthcare specialists.

What Our Cardiac Rehab Participants Say...

  • "On a follow up visit to my cardiologist, he referred me to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center to be in a structured program rather than trying to exercise without supervision. This was the best advice anyone could give a cardiac patient…There are many gyms, exercise clubs and franchise organizations all over, and while some claim to have trained instructors, these individuals might not have the professional training your nurses have. Once again let me say thanks to Adventist HealthCare for such a highly organized and professional service."
  • "After having by-pass surgery, my cardiologist suggested I enroll in cardiac rehabilitation. It was the single most important thing I could have done for myself. I learned important factors relative to my illness: dealing with stress, important facts on nutrition, covering a low-fat low sodium diet and maintaining an optimum weight. I learned the importance of regular exercise. This program has enabled me to get back to life, doing all the things I feared would forever be beyond me. Additionally, I know that I would not have gotten involved in all of the above were it not for the center. The staff at the center has been an excellent source of information and encouragement. They have been unfailingly kind and patient. I am thankful for this cardiac rehabilitation program..."
  • "... I was very impressed with the program as it developed a new lifestyle and confidence within myself following surgery. The kindness extended to me made me realize the worth of such a great program."

Heart Health Education & Counseling

Learn more about your specific condition and identify strategies to help you and your family work together to prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease. That's what you'll gain through our heart health education programs and individual counseling. Find out how to better manage your condition—so you can get back to your normal activities and return to work more quickly and with more confidence.

We'll provide educational materials and resources on topics such as:

  • Flexibility Training
  • Strength Training
  • Core Conditioning
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Cholesterol/Lipid Profile
  • Diabetes Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress & Stress Management
  • Weight Management

Cardiac Rehab Support

When you become part of the Adventist cardiac rehab family, we’re with you for the long term. You can call on us with your questions, and we’ll continue to work with you on your personalized exercise program to keep you on a heart-healthy path for life.

Get additional encouragement, information, guidance and assistance when you participate in our support groups and services, including:

  • Heart to Heart Support Group
  • Mended Hearts
  • Women Heart

Contact Us

Find out more about cardiac rehabilitation at the hospitals of Adventist HealthCare by calling the Center nearest you.

Shady Grove Medical Center
Shady Grove Medical Center
Center for Health & Fitness
Rockville, MD
Telephone: 240-826-6662
Download: Physician Referral Form

Washington Adventist Hospital
Washington Adventist Hospital
Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
Takoma Park, MD
Telephone: 301-891-6016
Download: Physician Referral Form

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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