Cardiac Rehabilitation at Norwalk Hospital

If you have or are at high risk for heart disease, Norwalk Hospital offers an outstanding cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) program to help you return to active living and reduce the risk of future heart disease.

In fact, our cardiac rehab program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACPR), which means that we’ve met rigorous national standards for the quality of our care.

Our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program offers supervised exercise, education, support and behavioral modification to limit the physical and psychological effects of cardiac illness—and get you back to living a full and active life. 

The new 6,200-square-foot Chuck and Terry Tannen Cardiac Rehabilitation Center optimizes Norwalk Hospital’s existing cardiac rehabilitation program to better help patients recover from heart surgery and major cardiac events.

A track wraps around a 1,800-square-foot exercise area that has state-of-the-art equipment:

  • Elliptical machines
  • Nustep machines
  • Recumbent bikes
  • Recumbent ellipticals
  • Rowing machines
  • Strength training equipment
  • Treadmills
  • Upper body ergometers
  • Upright bikes

The space also includes locker rooms with showers and a dedicated room for wellness education classes. Norwalk Hospital cardiac rehab staff provides personalized patient care plans, which include monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, and emotional support. 

Cardiac rehab at Norwalk Hospital is a carefully tailored program that involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes. Participants gain the knowledge and skills to take charge of their heart health.

You may be eligible to participate in cardiac rehab if you have experienced one of the following conditions::

  • Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Stable angina
  • Angioplasty/stent placement
  • Valve replacement/repair
  • Heart transplant

The cardiac rehab program at Norwalk Hospital has three phases:

Phase 1 is an inpatient education session to discuss lifestyle changes

Phase 2 is a 12-week (three times a week) program of professionally supervised exercise and dietary counseling. Participation in this phase of the program requires a physician referral following your discharge from the hospital.

At the end of Phase 2, you have the option of joining the Phase 3 maintenance program, which is focused on ongoing exercise, lifestyle modification and maintaining the progress you achieved in Phase 2.

All programs are led by experienced exercise physiologists, and all staff members are certified in advanced cardiac life support. 

By individualizing the cardiac rehab program to your needs, lifestyle and personal goals, we aim to help you:

  • Regain your physical and emotional strength
  • Empower you to change poor health habits
  • Reduce the risk of future heart problems
  • Improve your overall health and quality of life