Cardiac Rehab services at The Christ Hospital

Cardiac Rehab

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Improving Life After Cardiac & Pulmonary Surgery​

Cardiac rehabilitation is critical for successful recovery. After surgery, our skilled team of rehabilitation experts work with patients to design a program of exercise and education to help them regain strength and reduce the risk of future heart complications. Support groups are also available to help patients cope emotionally and with chronic disease management.​


Is Rehab Right For You?​

You are a candidate for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation if you have had or are having one of the following procedures or conditions:

  • ​Open heart s​urgery​ (valve, bypass)​

  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

  • Myocardial infarction (Heart Attack)​

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm (T-AA)​

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)​​​

  • Thoracic abdominal aneurysm (T-AAA)​

  • Transyocardial Revasculartion (TMR)

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)​

  • Pericardial window

  • Vascular treatment: coratid endarectomy (CEA), aorta bifemoral bypass graft​ ( Fem-pop)

  • Lung treatment; thorocotomy (VAT), lobectomies

  • History of smoking​

For more information, please call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at 513-585-0441.


The Christ Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation programs are divided into two phases and have been accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.​​


Phase I - Inpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation​

Inpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation begins during your hospitalization, within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. An exercise physiologist works with you to help regain strength, providing exercise instruction, patient counseling and education. The duration of exercise depends on frequency, intensity and patient tolerance, which will be closely monitored.


The Phase I program is designed to:

  • Improve cardiovascular and respiratory function

  • Increase strength, endurance and independence

  • Reduce secondary complications such as blood clots or pneumonia

  • Stabilize patient’s response to low-level activity and reduce associated anxiety

  • Shorten post-op recovery time and length of hospital stay

  • Prevent weakness and complications caused by prolonged bed rest

  • Provide education on your condition in preparation for discharge to home or transitional care facility

  • Educate patients on lifestyle modifications such as smoking cessation, dietary guidelines and exercise recommendations

  • Educate on exercise and symptom recognition during exercise intolerance

  • Prepare you for Phase II - outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Phase II - Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation​

Phase II of cardiac rehabilitation is a medically monitored exercise and education program that meets three times a week for approximately 12 weeks. During the program, you will receive support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your risks of heart problems. You’ll have access to a wide variety of exercise equipment, and will also have the opportunity to participate in a telemetry exercise program. 


This program is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Christ Hospital Cardiac Wellness Center, located on the Mt. Auburn campus in the Medical Office Building. A physician referral is required.​