Fairview Cardiac Rehabilitation

Living well with heart disease

If you are recovering from a heart attack, valve or bypass surgery, stent implant or other heart problem, our expert cardiac rehabilitation can help you. Cardiac rehabilitation prepares you physically, mentally and emotionally for your return to work and normal life.


Cardiac rehabilitation can:
  • Increase your chances of surviving a heart attack or other heart problem
  • Increase your ability to be active and exercise
  • Help you return to work sooner
  • Help you get back to a normal lifestyle
  • Improve overall health and well-being
Is cardiac rehab right for you?
You may benefit if you are recovering from:
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Aneurysm repair
  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary bypass
  • Heart and heart or lung transplant
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart failure
  • Heart surgery
  • Stent
  • Valve surgery/repair
Three stages of care
We offer three phases of cardiac rehabilitation. As your heart improves and gets stronger, you can expect to move to the next phase.

Phase one–In the hospital
Cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital after a heart attack, heart surgery or other heart problem. We help you begin light activity to get you stronger. You’ll learn more about your condition and risk factors. We help you become more aware of your body’s response to exercise and help you to return home safely. When you leave the hospital, you may be referred to outpatient rehab to continue your recovery.

Phase two – Outpatient therapy
Outpatient care starts as soon as you leave the hospital. Together, we: 
  • improve your cardiovascular fitness and endurance, muscle strength and flexibility
  • develop healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, nutrition and stress management
  • modify behaviors that put you at increased risk for further heart problems
  • provide support as you return to activities of daily living and work
Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is usually held in a group setting one to three times a week for up to 12 weeks. Your personal care plan is supervised by cardiac rehabilitation therapists who monitor you by using an electrocardiogram, blood pressure readings, heart rate and rate of exertion.

Phase three – Wellness and Exercise for Life (WEL)
WEL gets you ready to exercise on your own and return to your normal activities. Our staff works with you to reinforce your healthy lifestyle changes.

Want to learn more?
A physician referral is required for cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation services are offered at all Fairview hospitals and some clinics. For more information, contact the location that is nearest you.

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