Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation centerMacNeal Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This three-year certification represents the highest quality in patient care.

Who Qualifies for Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Patients who have experienced:

  • Acute myocardial infarction (In last 12 months)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Stable angina pectoris

Talk to your Cardiologist today to see if cardiac rehabilitation is an option for you.

Education is provided to the patient regarding medications, cardiac risk factors, diet habits and lifestyle changes needed to prevent a secondary event from occurring.

The cardiac rehabilitation staff is in constant communication with the cardiologist or prescribing physician to ensure that the patient's medications and exercise prescription are tailored to the individual. Monthly reviews are held with the patient to ensure progression is being made and any questions/concerns are addressed.

Scientific studies have shown that people who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program can increase their life expectancy by up to five years.

The 2016 National average (775 programs) (40,988 patients) for increased functional capacity (METS) during Phase II Rehab is +1.3 METS during 12 weeks (3.6 METS to 4.9 METS).

MacNeal’s current 2016 average (175 patients) increased functional capacity (METS) during Phase II Rehab is +3.4 METS during 12 weeks (5.1 METS to 8.5 METS).

What is a MET? MET stands for a metabolic equivalent of a task; it's how hard you have to work during an activity or exercise session. Each 1-MET increase in exercise capacity is associated with a 13%-17% risk reduction of all-cause mortality and coronary artery disease (CAD), respectively.

Improve your cardiac fitness with this comprehensive three-phase program

Phase One

The first step to a healthier heart begins with your diagnosis. Before you begin, MacNeal’s compassionate staff carefully assesses your physical condition and develops a rehab program tailored to your needs. By working one-on-one with you, we identify risk factors for heart disease and ways to reduce those risks and increase your overall health. We also team up with your physician to create a comprehensive exercise plan with your safety in mind. Family counseling, education and support services are also available to you and your loved ones throughout your rehabilitation.

Phase Two

Since the best exercise for improving cardiac fitness is monitored aerobics, you will work out with others up to three times a week for two to three months at MacNeal’s Cardiac Fitness Center. To mark your progress and guarantee safety, a cardiologist, cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist monitor your heart and blood pressure before, during and after each exercise period. You increase your endurance, strength and work capacity, learn safe ways to perform daily activity, develop good exercise habits and reduce your risk of a cardiac event. We also help you improve your understanding of cardiac health through informal education on smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes and stress.

Phase Three

If you’ve completed phase two or are interested in a medically supervised cardiac fitness program, MacNeal offers Fit for Life. Our attentive staff develops a long-term exercise program just for you based upon your endurance and cardiac fitness level. A cardiac nurse or exercise physiologist supervises each session, where you participate in a variety of aerobic activities, strength training and balance exercises. We even check your blood pressure and heart rate before, during and after each workout to ensure that your activity level is safe.

To schedule your initial cardiac rehabilitation assessment or if we can answer any additional questions, please call us at 708-783-2005.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Internship Opportunity for Students

MacNeal Hospital offers an internship in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department for undergraduate and graduate students. At MacNeal, cardiac rehab interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in almost every facet of cardiac rehab. Learn more about this opportunity.