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Physical activity is healthy for your heart—even after you've had a heart attack or bypass surgery. It's important to start out slowly, under the supervision of cardiac rehab specialists. In this video, you'll learn what's involved in cardiac rehab and how it can benefit your health in the long term.

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The Fiondella Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut

Our Mission

To help restore and promote cardiovascular health and encourage a healthy active lifestyle through risk factor modification, exercise training and education.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Consists of Three Phases

Phase I: Takes place during your hospital stay after a cardiovascular condition has been determined. Prior to discharge, you will be referred to a Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

Phase II: A 6-12 week outpatient program which starts after hospitalization. It includes a health assessment, monitored supervised exercise, nutrition counseling, stress reduction management, smoking cessation, weekly educational videos and monthly lectures.

Phase III: A maintenance program for patients who have graduated from phase II or have risk factors for heart disease. It is supervised by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team and participants continue to modify their risks for heart disease.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation 

  • Reduces heart risk
  • Improves heart disease symptoms
  • Stops or reverses damage to the blood vessels
  • Lessens the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Improves stamina and strength
  • Improves confidence and well-being

Benefits of Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation: 

  • Reduces heart risk
  • Improves heart disease symptoms
  • Stops or reverses damage to the blood vessels
  • Lessens the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Improves stamina and strength
  • Improves confidence and well-being

You can benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation if you have: 

  • Heart disease such as angina, or heart failure or have had a heart attack
  • Risk factors for heart disease
  • Had coronary artery bypass surgery or a balloon/stent procedure
  • Had a heart transplant
  • Peripheral vascular disease or arrhythmias

What to expect during, Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation 

  • Initial assessment: A customized program is developed to meet your individual needs and goals.
  • Monitored exercise: Response to progressive exercise is closely monitored during supervised classes.
  • Risk factor modification: The staff will assist you in adopting healthy lifestyle changes through regular cardiovascular exercise and heart healthy eating habits
  • Emotional support: You will receive guidance for lifestyle changes through education and counseling, social support and staff encouragement.

What is the cost?

Depending on your health plan, the program may be covered. Our staff is trained to assist you.

Where are the classes held?

All programs are held at the Fiondella Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut.

How do I enroll?

Admittance to the program is through physician referral or patient inquiry followed by physician consent. For more information, please contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at 860-714-4538. 

The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut
Fiondella Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
114 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860-714-4538