Cardiac Rehabilitation

The outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Yale New Haven Hospital helps patients transition to an active life following a cardiovascular event. Cardiac rehabilitation is for anyone with a recent cardiovascular problem, such as:

  • A heart attack
  • Angioplasty and stent placement, coronary bypass, valve replacement or heart transplant
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Stable angina, irregular heart rhythms, congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy
  • Ventricular assist device implant

Our team of exercise physiologists, nurses, on-site cardiologists and dietitians identify specific exercises, including the appropriate intensity, duration and pace that are best for your health. Whatever your fitness level, we will tailor an effective program for you. We will also help you identify your cardiovascular risk factors and assist you with risk factor modification.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to help patients get back to an active life faster, lower blood pressure, boost good cholesterol and reduce the risk of further heart problems.

Cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to reduce unexpected returns to the hospital as well as other cardiac events. The is also increasing evidence it can help reduce depression, anger and other psychological problems that can follow a heart attack or surgery.

Our program sites in Branford and New Haven are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.



Where to get help:

Cardiac Home Exercises

Keith Churchwell, MD

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