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Heart and Vascular

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically-supervised exercise and education program designed to help you:

  • Gradually and safely condition your heart
  • Increase your heart function
  • Achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients who participate in cardiac rehab learn how to manage their heart health and lower the risk of having a repeat cardiac event.

  • Cardiac rehab is as beneficial as taking cholesterol and heart medications.
  • Patients who complete 36 sessions of cardiac rehab lower their chance of another cardiac event and mortality by 30 to 50 percent.

Personalized care, monitoring and education help provide peace of mind. The Cardiac Rehab nurses and exercise physiologists who track your performance and progress will share reports with your cardiologist regarding your status in exercise, aerobic function, target heart rate, ECG sessions and more.

Who Is Eligible for Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is for patients who have had stents, heart attacks, bypass or valve surgery and heart failure. It is also for cardiac patients who want to slow down, stop, reverse or manage their heart disease.

Phases of Cardiac Rehab

Doylestown Hospital's comprehensive Cardiac Rehab program consists of four simple phases to help you manage your condition.

  • Phase 1 (Inpatient Rehab) at Doylestown Hospital

    Cardiac surgery patients receive one-on-one care during their hospital stay, including education and two to four exercise sessions each day. Our team of experts will create an exercise program tailored to your needs. Following discharge, you will leave with an exercise plan and a date to start outpatient cardiac rehab. If you live in another region, we will give you information about cardiac rehab programs in your area.

    Learn more about Phase 1 Inpatient Rehab

  • Phase 2 (Outpatient EKG-Monitored Rehab) at Doylestown Hospital

    Phase 2 Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation begins when you are cleared by your cardiologist after your procedure. Before you begin, you will have a one-on-one orientation session, followed by your first exercise assessment. Phase 2 consists of ongoing one-on-one education sessions, monitored exercise sessions and a final one-on-one appointment to review your progress, assess your risk factors and set new goals. Many patients choose to continue cardiac rehab with a Phase 3 program at the Health & Wellness Center.

    Learn more about Phase 2 Outpatient Rehab

  • Phase 3 (Supervised Rehab) at the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington

    Phase 3 includes supervised cardiac rehab and wellness exercise programs. The 12-Week Supervised Cardiac Rehab program follows the Phase 2 program (with heart monitoring). The 12-Week Wellness Exercise programs are for cardiac patients who need a re-start. There are programs designed for specific conditions, including diabetes, heart failure and peripheral artery disease.

    Learn more about Phase 3 Supervised Rehab


Our cardiac rehab team includes a physician medical director, cardiac rehab nurses and clinical exercise physiologists. The team creates a personalized exercise and education plan to guide your recovery and support you as you move toward a heart healthy lifestyle.

Maintaining Exercise After Cardiac Rehab

Patients have the option to continue rehabilitation progress by taking part in the 90-day Phase 4 rehab program in partnership with Cornerstone Clubs at the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington. For more information, call 215.918.5900.

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