The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is a comprehensive, physician-supervised program that is specially developed for patients who recently had angina, a heart attack, angioplasty, stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve repair/replacement, or a heart or heart/lung transplant. Our patients recover more fully, improve their fitness levels, and reduce their cardiac risk factors. Our program is a key component of the NSMC Heart Center, a long-standing collaborative effort between Massachusetts General Hospital and NSMC.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Physician referral form for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program
Personalized treatment plans complement the medical and surgical care that our patients receive. Our team regularly communicates with each patient's physician throughout the program.
We cover heart conditions, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and how to prevent further complications. Exercise:
Under the direct supervision of the program medical director, an exercise physiologist and cardiac rehabilitation nurse design a personal program of cardiovascular exercise and muscle conditioning for each patient. Exercise sessions are closely monitored and include a cardiovascular aerobic workout, strength training and flexibility segments.
Our dietitian reviews patients' eating habits and teaches them enjoyable ways to incorporate new foods.
Our clinical counselor talks to patients about their stress patterns and helps them develop tools for reducing stress and supporting behavioral change.