If you’ve had a heart attack, heart surgery, or received a heart failure diagnosis, you need help to rebuild your heart strength. At Baptist Health, our comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program guides you through a safe recovery with supervision and support from our cardiac rehab specialists.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts creates an encouraging environment where you can recover at your own pace. By following guidelines from the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, we put you on a path to a more active life.

We look forward to being your cardiac rehab partner.

Our Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is not a one-size-fits-all process. We know your situation is unique. So, we don’t simply design a rehabilitation program for you — we get you involved in creating your own journey to recovery.

Our exercise physiologists recommend physical activities based on your interests and abilities. During one-on-one sessions, they teach you how to perform each exercise correctly and monitor you to see how well your heart tolerates each activity. And because eating healthier can also make your heart stronger, the nutritionists in our multidisciplinary team show you how to choose a more balanced diet.

Our goal is for you to complete the cardiac rehab program with a full understanding of your condition and the knowledge and confidence to exercise on your own. We want to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle going forward.

  • 34%

    Less than 34 percent of patients who have experienced a cardiac event participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Cardiac Rehab

    Can help you live longer and lessen your chances for another heart attack, control heart disease symptoms and improve overall health and wellness.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed for you to help rebuild your stamina after a cardiac event, as well as reduce symptoms or side effects from treatment. It can include exercise, nutritional guidance and stress-reduction activities. In our program, we work with patients who have a variety of heart conditions or who have recently gone through various heart procedures. Your doctor may recommend cardiac rehab if you have any of these conditions:

We can also help you recover if you've had:

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our 12-week cardiac rehab program includes three weekly sessions (36 total), but that can vary based on your specific needs. If you’re interested in our program and need a referral, we can work with your doctor or cardiologist to obtain one.

The expert exercise physiologists and nurses on our team work directly with your doctor to design a workout regimen that will help you gradually rebuild your strength and endurance. During each session, you’ll have access to a wide range of exercise equipment, including cardiovascular machines and free weights.

  • Phase I

    Inpatient Rehabilitation

    • Timing: Insurance-based program initiated during the hospital stay.
    • Focus: Stabilization, vital sign monitoring, and early mobilization.
    • Activities: Gradual introduction of basic exercises like walking.
    • Education: Initial information on the condition, medications, and lifestyle modifications.
  • Phase II

    Outpatient Rehabilitation

    • Timing: Insurance-based program of up to 36 classes that typically takes place post-hospital discharge with continued supervision.
    • Supervised Exercise Program: Structured exercise, including aerobics and strength training.
    • Education: Comprehensive guidance on heart-healthy lifestyle changes.
    • Monitoring: Regular assessment, heart rhythm analysis, and adjustment of exercise programs.
    • Psychosocial Support: Addressing emotional well-being and coping strategies.
  • Phase III

    Maintenance/Long-Term Management

    • Timing: Cash-based program that commences after Phase II completion without intensive monitoring.
    • Independent Exercise: Transition to self-directed exercise with available support.
    • Lifestyle Modification: Emphasis on maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.
    • Long-Term Follow-Up: Periodic check-ins with healthcare providers.
    • Support Groups: Encourages ongoing engagement in a supportive community for shared experiences and motivation.
Personalized Exercise Program

Personalized Exercise Program

While we focus on developing your personalized exercise program, you also have access to:

  • Counseling about your specific condition or disease, including management techniques
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Smoking cessation courses and other disease prevention education
  • Stress management guidance
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"They walked me through it from the very beginning. They were very supportive and made me feel at home. I was being monitored and it made me feel very safe."

Our Locations

Find one of our locations closest to you in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade or Monroe Counties.*

Baptist Health City

Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, Florida 33437

Baptist Hospital (Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, 2nd Floor)

North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176

Bethesda Hospital East

S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach, Florida 33435

Boca Raton Regional Hospital (Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute)

Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Mariners Hospital (Tassell Medical Arts Building, 2nd Floor Wellness Center)

Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070

*Most insurance covers cardiovascular rehabilitation, but a referral from your physician is necessary, and program availability varies by location—please contact your preferred location for confirmation.

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