Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation Center

As a participant in the Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you and your classmates learn and support each other while attending educational sessions regarding topics associated with coronary artery disease. The education classes offered include:

  • Structure and function of the heart
  • Know your numbers (acceptable blood pressure, lipid levels, etc.)
  • Coping with stress
  • Exercise
  • Understanding cardiovascular disease
  • Surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Nutrition

In addition to the weekly education classes there is a Cardiac Support Group for patients and their families that meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.

The Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation Center also can assist you in smoking cessation, stress management, tai chi and yoga.

Exercise and Recovery Programs

Exercise makes the cardiovascular system more efficient. The Cardiac Rehabilitation team will design an individualized exercise program that's right for you to help you to return to work and other activities sooner. You will feel yourself progress to recovery as you move forward step-by-step through our "Phase" approach to cardiac rehabilitation:

Phase I Program

Phase I takes place while you are in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty, or other cardiac event. You will have an educational session provided by the cardiac rehabilitation staff. At that time, you may perform light exercises or walking in order to reduce the negative effects of bed rest to prepare you to return home.

Phase II Program

Phase II consists of a 12-week aerobic exercise and education program. You will attend exercise sessions at Danbury Hospital three times per week. A qualified exercise physiologist supervises each session and monitors your heart rate and rhythm to ensure that you are responding appropriately to exercise.

You will also have the opportunity to attend educational sessions weekly along with your family. You will receive a comprehensive dietary consult from a registered dietitian who will assist you in making heart-healthy lifestyle changes, including weight loss and blood lipid (cholesterol) management.

Phase III Program

In Phase III you will continue your aerobic exercise training in a supervised setting to maintain the progress and benefits you achieved during Phase II.

Rehabilitation staff will provide you with a personalized exercise prescription, while you learn to monitor your own exercise data. A member of our staff will review your data after each exercise session.

The Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation staff encourages all Phase III participants to exercise at the facility at least three times per week. In fact, many of our participants choose to continue exercising indefinitely at our facility.

For More Information

To locate a cardiac care doctor, please use our Find a Doctor online tool; or for a physician referral, call us at 1-800-516-3658.

You may find more resources in our comprehensive patient and visitor information section. Stop by there and learn more about Danbury Hospital.