Programs and Services

Programs and Services

At Danbury Hospital’s Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation program, an outpatient service, people with heart disease learn together and support one another while attending educational sessions about heart disease. Topics 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

Exercise and Recovery Programs

Exercise makes the cardiovascular system more efficient. Our team will design an individualized exercise program to help you to return to work and other activities sooner. You will feel yourself getting stronger and fitter 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 walk a bit in order to reduce the negative effects of bed rest and 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 consultation 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.

Our team 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.

Please plan to exercise at our facility at least three times per week. In fact, many of our participants choose to continue exercising indefinitely at our facility.

Dietitian Consultation

We encourage participants in the Phase II, III and Risk Reduction programs to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss dietary goals. Participants also attend classes to discuss interpretation of lipid (cholesterol) profiles, label reading, supermarket shopping, vegetarian cooking, and high-fiber and low-fat diets.

Our registered dietitian also provides nutritional consults for cholesterol management to patients who do not participate in the Phase II and III programs.