Cardiac Rehabilitation Quad Cities

Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Quad Cities

As the trusted provider of cardiac rehabilitation in the Quad Cities, Trinity provides a customized program tailored to your unique recovery needs and goals.

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program for people who have heart disease.  Cardiac rehabilitation can often improve exercise capacity, reduce symptoms and create a sense of well-being for patients. A physician order is necessary to begin the program.

What conditions may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

Conditions or cardiac procedures that may necessitate cardiac rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chest Pain
  • Heat Attack
  • Open heart surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  • Balloon procedure with or without stents
  • Irregular Heart Rhythm
  • Valve Repair or Replacement

Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation


Inpatient Cardiac Rehab (Phase 1)

Occurs during the hospital stay and includes education, low-level exercise and preparation for discharge.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab (Phase 2)

Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation ideally begins shortly after hospital discharge. You can expect this phase to last up to twelve weeks. Phase 2 includes extensive, individualized education, supervised and monitored exercise and risk factor / lifestyle counseling. You will meet three times a week for 75 minutes and focus primarily on medically-supervised exercise conditioning and education.

During each session, your blood pressure and EKG are monitored during exercise. Your exercise regimen will include work on a treadmills, exercise bikes, arm rower or stepper machine. All equipment settings and exercises are based on your health status and ability to withstand exercise.

Other essential elements of the cardiac rehab program include patient education, classes from nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists. Education will help you better understand your heart condition and learn ways to reduce the risk of future problems. Patients also learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with fears about the future from behavioral health experts.

Download a Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab brochure.

Healthy4Life Cardiac Rehabilitation Maintenance Program (Phase 3)

Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab is an option program for patients at risk for heart disease or after completion of Phase 2. This phase offers exercise in a supervised, group setting.   

Download a Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab brochure.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

Cardiac rehabilitation programs can be conducted while a person is a hospital inpatient or on an outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the cardiac rehabilitation team, including any/all of the following:

  • Cardiologist/cardiovascular surgeon
  • Physiatrist
  • Primary care physician
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Dietitian
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Chaplain
  • Exercise Specialist

Cardiac Rehab, Meeting Your Needs

A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or disease, and should be supervised by a cardiac physician and a team of cardiac professionals.

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help patients reverse their symptoms and maximize cardiac function. Cardiac rehabilitation includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Establishing a progressive exercise program to strengthen your heart muscles.
  • Providing educational classes to help adjust to or change the patient's lifestyle and habits, such as smoking cessation and nutrition classes.
  • Offering stress management techniques and techniques to reduce anxiety.
  • Counseling and educating the patient with regards to his/her specific heart condition/disease and the best ways to treat that specific condition.
  • Preparing the patient to return to work and equipping him/her to meet the physical and psychological demands of the job.
  • Evaluating recovery from heart procedure and response to home life and medications