Safely Exercise Your Return to Heart Health

Cardiac Rehabilitation

After a heart attack, heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, or the diagnosis of a chronic heart disease, your treatment is likely to include cardiac rehab exercises. That often frightens people who worry that their heart is too weak, but exercise is essential to recovering heart health in most cases. If your cardiologist recommends exercise, he may refer you to cardiac rehabilitation. This service provides you with expert guidance on how to exercise safely.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to help you improve your heart health after a diagnosis of heart disease, heart surgery, or heart attack. But that’s not all. A study published in the journal Circulation suggests cardiac rehab has a much larger impact than just heart health. The research found participating in cardiac rehab can reduce your risk for all causes of death by up to 47 percent.

Our Cardiac Rehab program at Penn Highlands is offered at all four of our hospital locations. The 12-week program includes three sessions per week that focus on these three components:

  • Exercise training. Certified physiologists will show you how to exercise in a way that’s safe and beneficial for your heart. They’ll teach you specific exercises and proper form. You’ll get three guided workouts per week.
  • Education. You’ll learn what it takes to avoid future heart problems through lifestyle changes, including nutrition, medication management, smoking cessation, and stress reduction.
  • Counseling. You’ll talk to a psychologist who can help you recognize and deal with depression, which often occurs after a heart problem. You’ll also learn how to manage stress, which can negatively affect your heart health.

Who Benefits from Cardiac Rehab?

If you’ve had any sort of heart event, talk to your doctor about cardiac rehabilitation. Penn Highlands cardiologists refer patients for cardiac rehab who:

  • Have had a heart attack
  • Have been diagnosed with heart failure, angina or coronary artery disease
  • Have had an artery opened through cardiac catheterization
  • Have had bypass surgery, valve replacement or other heart procedures
  • Have been diagnosed with a chronic heart problem, such as congestive heart failure

Who Provides Cardiac Rehab?

Recovering from heart problems is a process, and one you don’t want to go through alone. It’s best to have certified professionals help you restore your heart health so you don’t risk having future problems.

At Penn Highlands, our cardiac rehab staff is made up of registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists, and stress management instructors. Each of our hospitals’ cardiac rehab programs are certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and use guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Insurance Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance providers if it has been prescribed by your doctor. However, you should always check with your health plan. Our financial advisors also can help by calling our financial counselors at 814-375-6659.

What Happens after Cardiac Rehab?

Graduating from cardiac rehab is a major milestone. But that’s no reason to stop improving your heart health. And we can help. Upon completion of cardiac rehab, we invite you and your family to participate in one of our ongoing heart health programs:

  • DuBois: Healthy Hearts is an exercise program offered twice a week at Penn Highlands DuBois. Its goal is to help patients and their families maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle in order to avoid future heart problems. The cost is $25 per month.
  • Clearfield: Fit for Life offers a supervised twice weekly exercise program. The cost is $15 per month that is only covered by insurance if the patient submits a receipt to their carrier. Participation requires clearance from your physician.
  • Brookville: Adult Fitness is supervised exercise program available for patients after Phase II Cardiac Rehab or for anyone cleared by their doctor to exercise. The cost is $4.50 per session and is not covered by insurance.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Penn Highlands

Penn Highlands Brookville Cardiac Rehab Program is located on the 2nd floor at Penn Highlands Brookville. To get to us take elevator #3 to the 2nd floor Annex Building. Follow the blue dots to the Cardiopulmonary window.

Penn Highlands Brookville

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-2312
Our exercise room is located in Penn Highlands Clearfield.

Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-5341

Our exercise room is located on the 5th Floor at Penn Highlands DuBois West. To get to us, take the elevators located by the coffee shop to the 5th floor. Follow the orange dots to the room on right side of the hallway.

Penn Highlands DuBois

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-371-2200

Penn Highlands Huntingdon Cardiac Rehab Program is conducted from a newly-renovated area in the Cardiopulmonary Department, conveniently located on the ground floor of the Hospital near the Main Entrance.

814-643-7064 phone
814-643-8887 fax

Penn Highlands Huntingdon

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2290

Our exercise room is located on the ground floor of the Outpatient Rehabilitation building at Penn Highlands Elk St. Marys Campus.

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Building

757 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857

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