cardiac rehab header 2

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

A comprehensive Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program offering a balanced and holistic approach to heart health that consists of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I,II, and III program and other complimentary services.  These programs/services offer a method of managing patients with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and those who are at risk of developing CVD. Our overall philosophy is to provide information critical for change; to provide primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD); teach skills integral to self-empowerment which stimulate participation in self-care; and engender a shift in attitude that allows the patient to manage their health and wellness the best way possible utilizing the latest peer reviewed research and evidence based practices. Each program/service combines a combination of cognitive and behavioral strategies including nutrition counseling, supervised exercise and stress management (cognitive therapy, emotional healing and social support) with the Relaxation Response (RR) as an underlying foundation for success.

The Bon Secours Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program may be prescribed to patients who have been hospitalized for coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack, coronary artery bypass, angioplasty/stents, Heart Failure or are being treated for angina. A program is also available on a self-pay basis for those who have risk factors for CAD such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, stress or sedentary lifestyle.

After an individual assessment and goal-setting session with an interdisciplinary team that includes a cardiologist, registered nurse, dietitian and exercise specialist, participants attend 2-3 times per week to include ECG Monitored Exercise therapy and education classes once per week.  Specially trained clinical staff will communicate regularly as needed with the referring physician working in collaboration to ensure optimal health and healing.

Patients will experience improved self-confidence and increased involvement in daily activities as they progress throughout the program.  Through the combination of staff expertise and commitment to working closely with patients, we aim to reduce hospitalizations, increase independence, minimize cardiac complications and prevent future cardiac events.


When a cardiac condition is diagnosed, your Bon Secours Heart Team physician will establish a customized treatment plan designed specifically to return you to optimal health.

Cardiac rehabilitation moves beyond the patient’s hospital care to include services designed to restore the patient to optimal health. The cardiologists and heart surgeons of Bon Secours Heart Team are dedicated to providing the full spectrum of cardiac services. Our physicians are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team committed to reducing risk of a recurring event. The team members teach the patient how to reduce their risks through a comprehensive program of exercise, education, and learning how to live with heart disease. Through the combination of exercise and education, you will learn how to improve the quality of your life. St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center offer certified cardiac rehabilitation services.

When should a patient begin cardiac rehabilitation? The physician, together with the multidisciplinary team, will determine the optimal time for the patient to begin a rehabilitation program. The patient may begin as early as a few weeks after the procedure or surgery, but it is important that the program is discussed with the physician prior to leaving the hospital. The outcome will be substantially better the earlier the patient begins. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are generally covered by most health insurance plans. As a service to our patients, the Bon Secours Heart Team will contact health plans to verify benefits. Shortly thereafter, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse will notify the patient when the referral is received from their physician.

Expected outcomes:

  • Increased physical conditioning
  • Improved body mass index
  • Increased stamina and endurance
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved stress management skills
  • Reduced hospital readmission and cardiac-related mortality
  • Reduced length of stay if hospitalized

Learn more at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

Bon Secours Cardiac Wellness Center
7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 287-7155

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Memorial Regional Medical Center
8260 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
(804) 764-6274

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Cardiac Rehab
13700 St. Francis Boulevard, Suite 105
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 893-8850