Cardiac Rehabilitation

Working with your primary care provider, you can access a UVM Health Network cardiologist here at Elizabethtown Community Hospital for initial tests and follow-up care. As a result, you get coordinated, advanced heart care from a specialist who’s connected to Network cardiologists across northern New York and Vermont. If a test or procedure isn’t available in town, your local cardiologist ensures that you get it at the Network facility most convenient to where you live. With your local cardiologist and The UVM Health Network, access to advanced heart care is never far from home.

To make an appointment, call 518-873-6377

If you have a heart condition, underwent a heart procedure, or had a heart attack, chances are your doctor will recommend cardiac rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed to improve the physical and emotional condition of individuals with a heart condition. The goal is to strengthen your heart and increase your activity level.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital: Am I a Candidate?

Candidates for cardiac rehabilitation include all individuals who have had a heart problem including:

  • Heart Attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve replacements

Your doctor may prescribe cardiac rehabilitation to control symptoms, increase exercise tolerance and improve the overall quality of life for patients.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Phases of Rehab

Your cardiac rehabilitation happens in phases:

  1. Phase I takes place in the hospital.
  2. Phase II is when you continue your cardiac rehab on an outpatient basis after your discharge. This period lasts three to six months.
  3. Phase III is long-term exercise maintenance programs, if you want to continue your care.

Learn more about Cardiac Rehabilitation including answers to frequently asked questions about eligibility, cost and what to expect.

Heart Attack Risk 

In general, the risk of a heart attack during cardiac rehabilitation is small. We greatly reduce the risk by monitoring you continuously during the program. 

In fact, you are at greater risk for a heart attack if you do not do cardiac rehabilitation, as the program helps strengthen your heart muscle. While the outcome of the cardiac rehabilitation program depends on a number of factors, almost all patients who complete the program will increase their level of physical activity and be able to return to the workforce and/or other daily activities.

Patient Resources

American Heart Association- A website devoted to information about heart disease.
Healthy for Good- Devoted to a heart healthy diet.