Cardiac Rehabilitation

Unexpected Diagnosis, Exceptional Outcome

The first step in Brooks’s treatment after having suffered a heart attack was enrollment in the NSMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. watch video

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, a heart or heart/lung transplant or heart failure. 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.

Physician Referral

Your primary care physician or cardiologist can refer you to the program.
Most insurance policies cover a portion of the cost of this program.

Cardiac Rehabilitation referral form

Personalized treatment plans complement the medical and surgical care that our patients receive.

Education:   We cover heart conditions, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and how to make lifestyle changes shown 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 heart-healthy foods.

Stress Management: 
 Our clinical counselor talks to patients about their stress patterns and helps them develop tools for reducing stress and supporting behavioral change.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Orientation

New patients are encouraged to attend an orientation session and tour our facility.
Most participants complete the program within 12 weeks, although the duration of the program varies according to your goals, your medical condition and your insurance coverage. Classes are available to accommodate most schedules. Most participants attend cardiac rehabilitation sessions three times per week which include exercise and a relaxation period or education class.