Speeding the Recovery Process

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Munroe Heart is a medically supervised program that is focused on helping patients with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. Our goal is to help patients get well sooner and return to full, active, and productive lives. Once you have learned the habits of living a heart healthy life, it's important to maintain that behavior throughout your life.

Cardiac rehabilitation, provided by our LifeTime Wellness Program, involves a customized program of exercise, education, and counseling. Don't worry if you have never exercised before. Our cardiac rehab team will make sure the program moves at a comfortable pace that is safe for you. You will be taught proper exercise techniques such as warming up and stretching before you begin exercising. You will also be educated on important ways to stay healthy.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a safe and effective way to stabilize, slow, or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease. You may benefit from cardiac rehab if your medical history includes:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Bypass surgery
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve replacements


Cardiac rehabilitation is divided into three phases.

Phase I consists of inpatient cardiac teaching. It involves helping you understand your disease and how to begin a safe recovery.

Phase I consists of inpatient cardiac teaching. It involves helping you understand your disease and how to begin a safe recovery.

  • Understanding your disease
  • Proper nutrition
  • Introduction to strength training
  • Weight management
  • Exercise and exertion
  • Understanding hypertension
  • Understanding hyperlipidemia
  • Understanding hyperlipidemia
  • Treatments and medications
  • Managing stress

Phase III is an ongoing medically supervised prevention and maintenance program. After phase II, membership is only $35 a month to continue your maintenance program.


Cardiac rehab involves regular aerobic exercise. In general you should be exercising three to five times a week. The exercises involve the use of machines that are very effective at increasing heart rate and the muscles' oxygen utilization.

The cardiac rehab exercise specialists will design an individualized program for you and teach you how to use the equipment. Depending on your level of recovery and exercise tolerance, you will also be given a strength-training program, which will increase your muscular fitness. Our exercise equipment consists of:

  • Treadmills
  • Airdyne stationary cycles
  • Stratus recumbent cycles
  • Upper body ergometer
  • Rowing machine
  • EFX elliptical
  • Stairmaster
  • Cybex resistance training equipment


Our highly experienced staff of registered nurses is dedicated to helping you recover safely and maintain a healthy way of life. They have been working with Munroe for a combined 49 years, and are available Monday - Friday.

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