Cardiac Rehabilitation

Whether you are recovering from a cardiac event, experiencing breathing problems or simply wish to improve your physical fitness, OSF HealthCare Cardiac Rehabilitation offers specialized rehabilitation programs for you.

It’s also a fitness program for people seeking personalized attention and help in changing their lifestyle.

Our professional team of registered nurses and exercise physiologists works collaboratively with you and your physician.

Together, they design an individualized program to meet your specific fitness goals.


Phase 1: Inpatient

This phase begins while you are in the hospital. You will be educated on your diagnosis and begin walking or doing other exercises to help in your recovery. 

Note: Some OSF HealthCare hospitals may not offer this phase of the program.

Phase 2: Monitored

cardiac-rehabilitation-treadmill.jpg__300x200_q100_subsampling-2.jpgThis phase is designed to help you with cardiac conditions and achieve an optimal level of health and fitness, including those who have had heart surgery or heart catheterization.

If you qualify for these services, structured exercise programs are designed to meet your special lifestyle needs and exercise goals.

Workout sessions meet three times per week for up to 12 weeks in the Rehabilitation Center at the OSF HealthCare location of your choice.

Our professional staff, trained in cardiac rehabilitation and excise physiology, supervise each session.

Phased 3: Supervised Maintenance

This phase is open to the public and offers an ongoing, supervised cardiac exercise program for those who need to exercise.

Workout sessions are conducted in the Rehabilitation Center at multiple OSF HealthCare locations. Your provider may recommend supervised exercise.

This phase offers a comprehensive exercise program with personalized instruction and medical supervision.

Who Can Benefit from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?

The program is recommended for patients who:

  • Are at risk for developing coronary artery disease
  • Have angina pectoris
  • Have had heart surgery
  • Have had a heart attack
  • Have had a cardiac stent placement
  • Have congestive heart failure
  • Have peripheral artery disease

How to Enroll

A doctor’s consent is required for any phase of the program. Our team will work with you and your doctor to determine a plan appropriate for your needs.

Talk with your cardiologist or primary care physician to determine if this program is right for you.