Heart & Vascular Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

Cardiac rehabilitation is an integral component in the comprehensive care of people with heart disease. It combines prescription exercise with nutritional counseling, risk factor modification and education.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
At Yale-New Haven Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, we help you learn about your heart, how it works and the important signs, symptoms and risk factors of heart disease. Our highly skilled team of exercise physiologists and an onsite cardiologist and nutritionist will identify specific exercises, including the appropriate intensity, duration and pace that are best for your health. Whatever your level, we will tailor the most effective program for you. YNHH Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, certified by the American Association of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, puts patients on the path to a healthier lifestyle by promoting disease prevention, recovery and independence.

cardiac rehabWho will benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehab is for anyone with a recent cardiovascular problem, such as angina, a heart attack, angioplasty and stent placement, heart surgery, congestive heart failure, a heart transplant, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and/or coronary artery disease or arrhythmias. At Yale-New Haven Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, we also welcome patients who have a ventricular assist device (VAD). We understand the importance of providing rehabilitation services to all of these patients and will customize a program that meets their needs.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehab has been shown to help patients get back on their feet, lower blood pressure, boost good cholesterol and reduce the risk of further heart problems. In addition, there is increasing evidence that cardiac rehab can also help reduce depression, anger and other psychological problems that can follow a heart attack or surgery.

Additional benefits of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Center include:

  • Better understanding of cardiovascular disease and risk factors through continuous education
  • Diabetes control
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased functional capacity
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Reduced risk factors
  • Safer return to work and/or regular activities

What are the components of the program?

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After an initial evaluation to determine your specific training intensity and duration, we will build a program based on your needs. Most patients come to our center three times a week for up to 12 weeks. The exercise regimen begins moderately and gradually progresses to a more vigorous pace that is right for you and ensures a rapid return to good health. Each session lasts about an hour, during which we monitor heart rate, rhythm, blood pressure and the responses to exercise. The program also includes a meeting with a nutritionist to improve diet and boost weight loss.

Insurance coverage

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most insurance companies. 


For more information

Yale-New Haven Cardiac Rehabilitation Center 
84 North Main Street

Branford, CT 06405


TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center

The TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center is a comprehensive outpatient program designed to help people maintain their heart health. We meet the needs of people of all ages at risk for heart disease or those who have already developed heart disease by offering a wide variety of services designed to optimize a heart patient's physical, psychological and social function in addition to stabilizing, slowing or even reversing the progression of their disease.

The most common cause of death in America for men and women is heart disease. As America's population ages and the epidemics of obesity and diabetes take their toll on millions of hearts and blood vessels, cardiovascular disease is expected to increase. The good news is that the TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center is committed to helping people who wish to be proactive in maintaining their heart health.

Services include:

  • Cardiology Faculty Practice
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Wellness and Risk Reduction
  • Nutrition services with a Registered Dietitian
  • Heart Failure Evaluation and Management
  • Community Outreach and Health Screening
  • Education and Support Groups
  • Clinical Research and Advanced Treatment Options

The TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center staff carries out a wide variety of clinical activities including risk assessment and risk reduction services. They help patients assess their cardiovascular health and explore ways reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Members of our staff who have expertise in preventative therapies work with the patient to develop a plan of action to help minimize risk for heart disease. Plans may include:

  • Physical activity counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Techniques for behavioral and lifestyle changes
  • Preventative medications

Many insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation services as part of the treatment for heart attack, angina, angioplasty, heart failure, coronary bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement. Contact us at (203) 789-4158 if you have questions about your specific coverage.

175 Sherman Ave.
Second Floor
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map
(203) 789-4158

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