Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help speed your return to an active life after you’ve had a cardiac issue—and it’s proven to reduce the risk of further heart problems.
It’s important to know that Emerson Hospital offers a comprehensive cardiac rehab program staffed by a team of specialists that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and exercise physiologists who are wholeheartedly committed to your recovery.
When you enroll in our cardiac rehab program, we’ll create a plan tailored to your unique health needs and lifestyle. It includes exercise training, education on heart-healthy living and reducing heart disease risk factors, and counseling to reduce stress.
Who’s eligible for cardiac rehabilitation?
You are eligible to participate in cardiac rehabilitation if you have (or have undergone):
What does cardiac rehabilitation involve?
The cardiac rehabilitation program at Emerson includes:
Our cardiac rehab specialists design a 12-week, 3-days-a-week exercise program that suits your ability and endurance, gradually building cardiovascular fitness. For your convenience, early-morning, mid-morning or early-evening sessions are available.
Each session is closely supervised by a registered nurse with cardiac care experience, a registered physical therapist, and an Emerson physician.
You begin by exercising at Emerson for 12 weeks, then transition your exercise regimen to a home-based, self-supervised routine which can be complemented by advanced sessions at the hospital.
Individual nutritional counseling
Before beginning the program, you’ll meet with our dietitian to assess your nutrition status, set a realistic target weight (if weight loss is needed), and help create a plan for improved nutrition. Your dietitian also provides continuing support and instruction once a week during the exercise class.
Weekly educational meetings for you and your family
Once a week, after the exercise period, patients, family members and staff meet for a lecture and discussion of heart health-related topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress, medication, and the impact of heart disease on individuals and families.
Participants also share information and concerns about risk factors associated with heart disease, and how to incorporate regular exercise, heart-healthy food, good nutrition and stress management into everyday life.
How to get started with cardiac rehabilitation at Emerson
All we need is a referral (order) from your physician. You do not need to have been a patient at Emerson Hospital to participate in the program.
After your preliminary acceptance by the program director, you’ll undergo an initial screening that includes an exercise tolerance test, blood chemistry profile, and an interview with staff to answer your questions and evaluate the program’s suitability for you.
Insurance coverage for cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most commercial insurance plans as well as Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid).
Other heart-healthy programs at Emerson Hospital
Emerson offers an array of special programs designed to help you regain and maintain your heart health:
Metabolic Syndrome Program
As part of our cardiac rehab program, Emerson conducts a metabolic syndrome program for patients with or at risk of diabetes and heart disease. This comprehensive program address weight loss and nutrition, behavioral and cognitive lifestyle changes, and exercise. It’s staffed by a nutritionist, social worker, nurse, physical therapist and exercise physiologist. The Metabolic Syndrome Program meets Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for 12 weeks (one hour of nutrition and lifestyle education, one hour of exercise). Cost is $33 per week. For more information, please call 978-287-3732
, or talk to your primary care physician. You need a referral from your doctor for this program.
Cardiac Small-group Strength Training
Led by a clinical exercise specialist, this 10-week program focus on maintaining and improving your strength using light weights and high repetitions. It also includes balance, core and flexibility exercises. Exercises are done standing and on a mat, and adapted to your individual needs.
Yoga of the Heart®
Stress is considered a major contributor to many chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease (CAD). Studies show that yoga can help with stress management, promote optimal well-being, and possibly slow or even reverse the progression of cardiac disease. The Yoga of the Heart® Program offered by Emerson’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is based on the work of Nishala Joy Devi, former stress management director of the renowned Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Class size is limited to 6 to 8 participants. Cost is $150 for the 10-week program. For more information or to sign up, please call 978-287-3732