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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.

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