What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive physician-prescribed outpatient exercise and education program to help those with heart disease or known cardiac risk factors. Located within our state-of-the-art wellness center, each patient receives individualized exercise plans based on their health status, fitness level, and personal goals. Patients are supervised by the medical director, nurses, and  exercise specialists.

We offer two components of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program:

Phase II – Cardiac Rehab

Phase II includes monitored sessions and are for those patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital following an acute cardiac event. Patients are closely supervised with continuous EKG monitoring through the LSI telemetry system, allowing staff to record any abnormal EKG changes. Weight, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels will be monitored before, during, and after. Cardiac Rehab meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each patient participates in 12-36 one hour sessions. Phase II is covered by Medicare and most insurers.

Phase III – Wellness

Phase III – Wellness is a self-monitored maintenance program. All patients will be given a Fitness Evaluation followed by two Fitness Orientations. Patients will have access to all cardiovascular and strength training equipment, SilverSneakers classes, and the Fitlinxx Program. Staff are  always present during cardiac rehab hours should a problem arise.

Fitlinxx is a computerized personal trainer that helps the patient focus on their personal health goals following Phase II Cardiac Rehab. It is  personalized to keep up with each patient’s activities, sets, repetitions, and weights at The Wellness Center or at home. Fitlinxx also provides the trainer with the information needed to manage patients and their progress.

What if I never had rehab after my cardiac event?

Give us a call. We will make a recommendation as to the next step you should take. Wellness is the key to a long and independent life-style.

The Wellness Center was developed to improve the health and quality of life for cardiac patients and the entire community. Our facility provides a non-intimidating fitness environment supplemented by educational resources.

The Wellness Center is equipped with circuit strength-training equipment to provide a full body work-out for the major muscle groups as well as dumbbells and barbells, treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, and steppers. Group Fitness classes are offered including SilverSneakers Senior Programs, Yoga, Strength Classes and HIIT type classes.

How do I participate?

A physician referral will be needed prior to starting.  Talk to your physician about participating in cardiac rehabilitation.  We will be glad to fax your physician a “Referral Form” to complete for entrance into the program.  You can also print them by clicking the link(s) below. For additional information, call 912.383.6988.

Cardiac Rehab Physician Referral Form Printable

SET for PAD Referral Form Printable

Insurance Information

Most insurance plans cover monitored sessions.  Our staff will contact your insurance company once you are referred by your physician.  We will verify cardiac rehabilitation benefits before you enter the program.

Ask about our Financial Assistance program and Cardiac Rehab Scholarship.


Who Should Participate?

Patients with the following conditions:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty/Stent
  • Angina
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Stable Chronic Heart Failure


Who is on the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team?

  • Cardiologist/Medical Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Registered Nurses
  • Program Assistants


Benefits from participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Improved exercise endurance
  • Weight loss/weight management
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased angina
  • Decreased heart failure symptoms
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Peer support

For more information please contact The Wellness Center during business hours by calling: 912.383.6988

Located behind Coffee Regional Medical Center at:  200 Doctors Drive, Second Floor – Suite 222