Cardiac rehabilitation centers in Virginia

Nothing is more important to us than the health of our patients. That is why we offer cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) programs to help patients recover from a heart event, heart surgery or to manage a cardiac condition, such as congestive heart failure. Our programs include specialists from multiple disciplines and are supported by our teams of registered nurses, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and registered dietitians.

For more information about our cardiac rehab services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.

Cardiac rehab programs

Our cardiac rehab programs offer comprehensive support alongside education, risk factor identification and lifestyle modifications. These tools can help strengthen your heart after a heart attack or surgery. They can also potentially prevent a heart event from occurring if you've been diagnosed with a chronic heart condition.

These types of programs at our facilities generally include:

  • Supervised, personalized exercise sessions: You will begin a physical therapy and exercise program designed to fit your needs. Although aerobic exercise is emphasized, your program may also include flexibility and muscle strengthening.
  • Nutrition counseling: Combined with physical activity and good nutrition, you will work toward your healthy body weight and cholesterol level.
  • Education on stress management and risk-factor reduction: An important part of our cardiac rehab program is providing you and your family with the latest information on heart disease. Risk factor modification and educational programs are guided by your goals, needs and abilities. You can learn more about your heart and ways to reduce the potential for future heart problems. In time, you may return to your regular work and leisure activities.

We also offer advanced respiratory and exercise therapy for patients with heart disease, peripheral artery disease, heart failure and other chronic diseases.

Benefits of cardiac therapy

Cardiac rehab is important for a number of reasons, such as giving you:

  • A head start on working toward your ideal body weight and overall health
  • A personalized exercise program designed to fit your needs
  • An ability to recognize the symptoms of heart disease and when to seek medical attention
  • An opportunity to reduce your risk factors and chances of having a future heart attack
  • The knowledge you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • The strength to return to your regular work and leisure activities

Cost and details of cardiac rehab

Below are some commonly asked questions about our cardiac rehab services:

  • How much does it cost? Our services are covered by most insurance carriers, although you may be responsible for copayments. Your carrier will be contacted to verify your benefits.
  • How often will I exercise? Cardiac rehab exercise sessions are scheduled three times a week and last roughly one hour each. You will also be encouraged (and shown how) to exercise at home.
  • Can my family participate? Family participation is encouraged during the educational component, but the exercise sessions are designed to fit your specific needs.
  • When can I start cardiac rehab? Your doctor may allow you to begin as early as one week following hospital discharge, however, it will depend on your situation.
  • What do I need to do before starting cardiac rehab? A doctor must refer you for cardiac rehab.

Referrals to cardiac rehab

A doctor’s referral is required for our cardiac rehab services, and some patients may be required to take an exercise stress test as a baseline for their exercise program. Ask your doctor about when you can begin rehab for your heart event. Once our department receives the order, the cardiac rehab nurse will call you to schedule your first appointment.