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Cardiac Rehabilitation Quad Cities

Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Quad Cities

Welcome to the first and only Pritikin-certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in the Quad Cities region. Our expert team creates individualized rehabilitation plans tailored to each patient's needs, and provides the support that patients need to help them succeed. Patients learn how to exercise safely, eat healthy, manage stress and cook nourishing, balanced meals, all while gaining a healthy mindset.

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 referral from a physician must be obtained 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

  • Heart attack

  • Open heart surgery

  • Heart transplantation

  • Balloon procedure with or without stents

  • Irregular Heart Rhythm

  • Valve Repair or Replacement

What is Pritikin?

Pritikin ICRTM is based on the Pritikin Program which has been taught to more than 100,000 individuals for over 40 years at the Pritikin Longevity Center. More than 100 peer-reviewed, published studies, performed by UCLA medical researchers, have established the program's remarkable results.

Patients can attend 72 Pritikin ICRTM sessions, providing them with more resources and education to carry out a healthy lifestyle than they receive in ordinary Cardiac Rehab (CR), which is typically 36 sessions primarily focused on exercise.

The Pritikin program is based on three pillars: healthy eating, healthy mindset and effective exercise. With these skills, we help patients learn how to foster an overall healthy lifestyle that leads to a healthy heart.

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 optional 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 flyer.

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

  • 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