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Cardiac Rehab

What is Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically monitored exercise program designed for those who have had a recent heart illness or surgery / procedure. This program mixes regular physical exercise with risk factor modification in order to help with recovery and strengthen your body.

Risk factors are those things that put you at high risk for having another cardiac event. High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and being overweight are all examples. It is important in this stage of rehab to control those risk factors that can be controlled. This plays a major role in the health of your heart and body preventing future heart problems.

Certification by Industry Leader


The Cardiac Rehab program at Frankfort Regional Medical Center is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Frankfort Regional Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. 

The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. 

Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

Can cardiac rehab really make a difference?

Cardiac rehab is proven to be a safe and effective way to help those with heart conditions:

  • Get stronger
  • Feel better faster
  • Return to former activities
  • Reduce the risk of future heart problems
  • Live healthier and longer
  • Improve quality of life

Cardiac Rehab Benefits

People benefit from cardiac rehab if they have recently been diagnosed with:

  • Heart attack
  • Stable angina
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Angioplasty, atherectomy, rotablation, stenting
  • Heart transplant
  • Congestive heart failure with ejection fraction <35%