Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

A Personal Approach to Care

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation enables individuals with heart disease, and those recuperating from cardiac surgery, to efficiently and effectively resume an active, healthy lifestyle.The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Helen Hayes Hospital is tailored to optimize the heart health of its participants, while increasing strength and endurance. Following a physician’s referral, each participant receives a thorough evaluation. The program is customized to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals.

Read more about the physician’s key role in outpatient cardiac rehab in this article published in the journal Circulation, authored by HHH Director of  Cardiac Rehabilitation Services, Dr. Marjorie King.

Who Can Benefit

Candidates for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation include individuals recovering from:

  • Heart attack
  • Angina
  • Angioplasty or stent placement
  • Medically managed coronary artery disease
  • Open heart surgery, including bypass and valve replacement
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplant

The Core Program

Exercise and education, provided by a team consisting of a board certified cardiologist, an exercise physiologist, nurses, physical therapists, and a nutritionist form the base of the program.

Monitored and supervised exercise improves cardiovascular function and modifies cardiac risk factors. A wide variety of exercise options are available, including treadmills, recumbent bicycles and weight training equipment.

Education sessions focus on nutrition, exercise guidelines, stress reduction, and blood pressure and cholesterol control.

For information on cardiac wellness, please click here.

Joining the Program

The Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program accepts referrals from physicians and other healthcare professionals. Insurance coverage can vary from plan to plan. Prior to outpatient enrollment, patients should check their individual coverage (referral may be necessary).

For more information please call 845 786-4486 or 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4486, or click here

To make an appointment for the initial evaluation and screening,
please call 845 786-4410.


After discharge, patients are encouraged to make exercise a lifelong commitment, exercising at home, in a community setting or in the Helen Hayes Hospital Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers a supervised and friendly environment in which to continue the progress made in the rehabilitation program. It also offers a specialized Cardiopulmonary Wellness Program. For more information on the Helen Hayes Hospital Wellness Program, please call 845-786-4194 or 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4486

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