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 satisfaction rate.
Benefits 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
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
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
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
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.
To schedule an appointment with the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Service please call:
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.