Cardiac Rehab

Since 1977 Holy Spirit Hospital has offered a comprehensive accredited Cardiac Rehabilitation outpatient program designed to assist those who have experienced a recent cardiac event. The program focuses on strengthening the heart, improving quality of life and reducing risk of future health problems.

Holy Spirit offers its Cardiac Rehabilitation outpatient program in two convenient locations:

  • In Camp Hill -- on the ground floor of The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit.
  • In Carlisle -- at 360 Alexander Spring Road (adjacent to Moffitt Heart and Vascular Cardiology office).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is an education and exercise program for patients recovering from heart disease and or/surgery, supervised by cardiac nurses and an exercise physiologist to specifically help heart patients achieve a better and longer life.

Who should consider Cardiac Rehab?

Anyone with the following conditions:

• Heart attack

• Heart bypass surgery

• Heart balloon procedure (angioplasty) or stent placement

• Heart transplant

• Heart valve surgery

• Angina

How will it benefit me?

• You will develop self-confidence and form new friendships

• You will receive support and encouragement as you learn about modifying your lifestyle

• Exercise will lower your blood pressure, increase your endurance and improve your muscle tone

• Participation in the program will help you safely resume your usual activities at home.

• You will get answers to your questions about your heart condition and treatment.

• You will identify your risk factors and learn ways to modify them to improve your overall health.

Is it covered by insurance?

• Most insurance programs provide coverage for the fees for cardiac rehab. Some insurance companies require a co-payment or require payment of a co-insurance.

• Some insurance companies limit the number of visits allowed.

• Coverage can be verified by the hospital and will be discussed with your prior to your enrollment in the program.

• Financial assistance is available through the Cardiac Rehab department. Please call 972-4486 to discuss this with the program manager to determine if you apply.

What does Cardiac Rehab involve?

• Once your physician refers you to the program, a schedule will be set up for your participation. Appointments are generally scheduled three times per week for one hour in length. The initial three visits will be on a 1:1 basis with a registered nurse in order to orient you to the program and to provide education privately for you and your significant others.

• On your initial visit, a specially trained cardiac rehab nurse will interview you to discuss the program in detail, review your medical history, identify your goals and answer your questions regarding your heart condition. Your initial visit will be approximately 120 minutes.

• A six-minute walk test will be completed at your first visit to determine your physical capabilities. Based on this information, a plan for your exercise will be established and you will begin the “training” phase of rehab.

• Each visit you will wear a heart monitor to assess your heart rate and heart rhythm. Your blood pressure will also be closely monitored.

• You will use a variety of exercise equipment that focus on strengthening your arms and legs.

• The program will cover 24-36 sessions based on your needs.

• Group education sessions are available to you and your family. Emphasis is on healthy eating and behavioral health and wellness.

Who will I be working with?

• The Cardiac rehab department is staffed by registered nurses who maintain ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification. A certified exercise physiologist is also part of the team. A cardiologist is available on site in case of emergencies.

How do I enroll in Cardiac Rehab?

• Discuss your interest with your physician. Cardiac Rehab participation requires a physician referral. Your physician can then contact our office by phone or fax.

• You can contact the Cardiac Rehab department at 972-4558 and our staff will be happy to discuss the program with you.

What are our patients saying about Cardiac Rehab?

"I am currently enrolled in the Cardiac Therapy Maintenance Program. I started in January of 2012 and have lost 25 pounds and gained a better, toned body and ease of mind."

"Thank you for providing me with such caring rehab service. You have prepared me well for my next steps and have contributed significantly to me improving my health fitness."

"Thank you for the professionalism and caring shown to me. I have watched myself get healthier, get in shape and make positive decisions regarding my future health. I will not forget the wonderful experience and fun while under your care."

"The most important thing for me was working out in a controlled environment. It was reassuring that I am okay and that life goes on."

Additional services

To learn more about Holy Spirit's Cardiac Rehab program, call 972-4558.