St. Joseph Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive
approach to building a healthy lifestyle. Cardiac rehabilitation is designed
to return you to optimal physical health and overall well-being after
a heart attack, angioplasty or open heart surgery. After these events
many people are reluctant to resume normal activities. Our cardiac rehabilitation
program provides you with the confidence needed to start a safe exercise
program. It consists of monitored exercise combined with educational seminars
to help modify coronary risk factors.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation staff is comprised of:
- Specially trained nurses
- Exercise physiologists
- Health psychologists
The goals of cardiac rehabilitation include:
- Improved exercise tolerance as well as overall strength, stamina and flexibility
- Decreased anxiety and enhanced self-confidence
- Assistance in desired lifestyle changes to control cardiac risk factors
through management of diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, smoking cessation,
nutrition and stress management
- Increased confidence and security so patients can resume their normal activities
following a cardiac event.
Who benefits from Cardiac Rehabilitation?
- Patients recovering from a heart attack, coronary artery bypass graft,
angioplasty, stent, heart valve replacement or stable angina
- Patients with peripheral arterial disease and claudication pain.
You must have a physician’s order and recent evaluation by your primary
care physician or cardiologist. We review your progress with you throughout
the program and your referring physician will also receive periodic reports
about your progress.
Phases of Care
Phase I occurs in the hospital while patients are recovering from the cardiac
event. Our cardiac rehabilitation staff discusses resumption of daily
activities and mild exercises patients can do as an inpatient as well
as exercises patients can do at home from the time of discharge to beginning
the exercise program in the outpatient setting.
Phase II is the outpatient program consisting of monitored exercise and education.
Phase II requires a physician referral and is covered by Medicare and
most insurance plans. We begin with a personalized orientation that includes
developing goals for risk factor management and the development of an
individualized exercise program. The outpatient program utilizes telemetry
equipment to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm and blood pressure during
exercise and recovery. Your exercise plan may include work on the treadmill,
stationary recumbent bicycle (Nustep), weights, and upper body exercises
to increase strength and flexibility. This is offered 3 days a week on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Phase III is our FIT or maintenance program that patients can transition into when
they have met their fitness goals and Phase II has been completed. Fit
for Life is a program that continues supervised exercise by our highly
trained staff. It involves less heart monitoring but continues to track
blood pressure trends and heart rates. Many patients find the camaraderie
of working out with people with similar health conditions helpful. And,
our patients and staff make this a very fun way to keep fit. Phase III
is usually not covered by insurance, but the cost is very reasonable.
Cardiac Rehabilitation hours of operation
Phase II - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
and 1 to 4 p.m.
- Classes are held on the first floor of our Outpatient Pavilion located
at 1140 W. La Veta Ave., Orange, CA 92868
Phase III (FIT) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Classes are held at The Center for Heart and Vascular Wellness and Prevention
(Suite 150), located at 1120 W. La Veta Ave., Orange, CA 92868
All classes start on the hour and last approximately 50 min with a 10-minute
cool down period. If you have questions, please email us at