Few people appreciate the heart’s role in everyday activities until they
are sidelined by a heart condition or surgery. Then, tasks as simple as
walking from one room to another can become monumental feats.
Through the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Service at Lankenau Heart
Institute, patients who have had a recent heart attack, angina attack,
heart failure , open-heart surgery or angioplasty receive the
specialized care they need to return to normal activities.
Distinguishing features of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Service at Lankenau Heart Institute include:
Of patients who have completed cardiac rehabilitation at
Lankenau, 95 percent show improvement in functional ability and
100 percent of patients report overall improvement in their
quality of life.
Accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and
Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 2006.
A dedicated cardiac rehabilitation team that is certified in
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. The team includes
cardiovascular nurse specialists, a certified diabetes educator,
exercise physiology specialists, and nutritionists.
A program that meets guidelines established by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, American Heart
Association, American Association of Cardiovascular and
Pulmonary Rehabilitation and American College of Sports
A highly experienced program that averages 11,000 patient visits
a year and achieves an average of 94 percent patient
Cardiac rehabilitation improves heart function, lowers risk factors for
heart complications and helps patients maintain a healthy weight.
Patients work with their cardiologist and the cardiac rehabilitation
specialist to develop an individualized plan that helps them become
independent, self-assured and symptom-free. These plans may include:
Low-intensity aerobic exercise and strength training
Monitoring of blood pressure and heart rhythm during exercise
Education focused on nutrition, stress management, hypertension,
diabetes and exercise
The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Service at the Lankenau Heart
Institute offer patients the benefit of high quality rehabilitation care
that is supported by one of the largest medical and surgical heart
programs in the region.
Other benefits of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Service
Registered nurses who have specialty training in cardiovascular
A holistic approach to care that covers the full range of
patient needs, from psychosocial to physical
Fitness training, low-intensity aerobic exercise, strength
training and physical rehabilitation that takes place in
Lankenau’s full-service facility
Depression screenings throughout the process that gauge
patients' emotional well-being
An emphasis on reducing patients’ risk of mortality following a
heart attack by improving the efficiency of their heart and
diminishing cardiac risk factors
Nutritional instruction that teaches patients about the
importance of healthy eating habits; low salt, fat and
cholesterol; weight control; and food labels
Education that emphasizes controllable risk factors for heart
disease, including heart healthy nutrition, smoking cessation,
stress management and improved diabetes management
A caring staff that is on-hand to provide encouragement and
emotional support, answer questions and discuss areas of concern
Patients work with their cardiologist and cardiac rehabilitation
specialist to design an individualized, low-intensity, aerobic
exercise and strength training plan that uses various types of
equipment such as treadmill, stationary bike and free weights.
While exercising, staff members monitor each patient’s heart
rhythm and blood pressure. Activity starts at low levels and
gradually increases in intensity.
The cardiac rehabilitation team teaches patients about the
importance of healthy eating habits, weight control, fat and
cholesterol, understanding food labels, and nutrition.
Patients receive individualized education that teaches them
about controllable risk factors for heart disease, including a
low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, smoking cessation and stress
management. Staff monitors each patient’s progress and discusses
changes in the patient’s program, physical condition, factors
that increase risk and what can be done to reduce them.
Schedule Your Appointment with the Lankenau Heart Institute
To schedule an appointment with the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Service please call:
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.