Members of the cardiac rehabilitation team at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. 

Most individuals return to their usual activities within a few months after a heart attack, angioplasty, or heart surgery. Cardiac rehabilitation is beneficial to patients of all ages and is safe. Rehabilitation can help you:

  • Feel better faster
  • Get stronger
  • Reduce stress
  • Manage blood pressure
  • Increase self-confidence

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Cardiopulmonary rehab smCardiac Rehabilitation begins in the hospital (Phase I) after you have had a heart attack, angioplasty, or heart surgery. Research has shown that significant long-term benefits can be gained by continuing your recovery phase and enrolling in an outpatient program (Phase II) after you go home. Your doctor can help you begin a Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation program. You can discuss the benefits of this program with your doctor.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a 12-week (maximum) program consisting of exercise therapy and education. You will be given a complete evaluation and assessment prior to enrolling in the program. Your program is an individualized, carefully monitored combination of exercise and education with regular progress notes sent to your doctor(s). In addition, an on-site cardiologist is available at all times.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is proud to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

Exercise Therapy

  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Heart rhythm monitoring
  • Blood pressure and heart rate monitoring
  • Blood glucose monitoring (if applicable)

Education Session

Group classes cover topics of concern to you and your family members, such as monitoring heart disease risk factors, heart-smart eating, emotional aspects of cardiac disease and guidelines for safe exercise. Instruction is also given to help you stop smoking, lose weight, manage diabetes, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This program provides the necessary support as you adjust to the many changes in your daily routine. Learning specific skills will help you break old habits and learn new ones. Additional community programs and resources are available as needed.

Insurance Coverage

Individual insurance coverage may vary. The staff will work with you to help determine your insurance benefits and coverage prior to your enrollment in the program.

Location Information

To find a cardiopulmonary specialist or get more information about our program, please call 443-777-8430.

Awards and Recognition

An American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certified Program

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