Skip to Content

We have changed our visitation policy for the safety of our patients and staff.

Visitor information can be found here. Information about COVID-19 can be found here.

More information can be found here regarding support for our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund or supply and equipment donations

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Strengthen your heart with cardiac rehabilitation at Mount Auburn Hospital. Through education, counseling and supervised exercise, you’ll improve your overall health.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral for cardiac rehabilitation at Mount Auburn Hospital. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at 617-499-5024. Referring physicians may download a copy of our Cardiac Rehabilitation form.

Do I Need Cardiac Rehab?

Your doctor may recommend cardiac rehabilitation if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with a heart attack in the past year
  • Experience chest pain (stable angina)
  • Get an angioplasty or stent to open a clogged artery
  • Receive coronary bypass surgery
  • Undergo heart valve surgery
  • Get a heart or heart-lung transplant

What Happens During Rehabilitation?

Before you begin rehabilitation, a nurse and exercise physiologist will review your medical history, lifestyle habits, and physical abilities and limitations. You’ll then receive personalized recommendations for a program that includes:

  • Supervised group exercise, including walking on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike and lifting weights
  • Individual and group educational sessions about topics such as:
    • Eating nutritious foods
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Managing cholesterol and high blood pressure
    • Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
    • Using medications correctly
  • Support that improves your mood and helps you navigate life transitions and relationship changes after a cardiac event

How Long Does Rehab Last?

To get the most benefit from your program, participate in cardiac rehabilitation three times a week for three months.

Related Locations

Mount Auburn Hospital

Stay Connected

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital