There’s more to recovering from a cardiac event than just healing your heart. At SVMC, we work with you to help you regain your strength, your sense of independence, and adopt new approaches to living —giving you control over your life instead of heart disease controlling you.

Your cardiac rehab program is developed and supervised by an SVMC physician who specializes in cardiac care. Working with a team that includes a physical therapist and a registered cardiac care nurse, your multi-phase program can begin before you even leave the hospital and can continue for as long as you need. 

Call today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services (802) 447-5132.

The first phase of your recovery begins while you’re still recovering in the hospital through a combination of education and mild exercise. Working with your cardiac care team, you’ll learn how to modify risk factors and develop safe and comfortable exercise goals.

Phase II of your recovery can begin as soon as you return home from the hospital, and receive approval from your doctor. Phase II takes place at the SVMC’s Cardiac Rehab Center and includes a combination of progressive aerobic exercise, education, and counseling. Working with a physical therapist, you’ll build strength and endurance using various pieces of cardio equipment, all while a registered nurse monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, and heart rhythm. Throughout Phase II your program will be reviewed and tailored to fit your increased capabilities and goals.

At the end of Phase II, you may continue exercising on your own with a maintenance program developed by your cardiac team. Programs can often be done in a home gym setting or utilizing local fitness or swim centers.  If you would like to continue using the equipment and resources in our Cardiac Rehab Center, you may enter Phase III for a fee.

Phase III allows you to continue developing your strength and endurance under the supervision of SVMC’s Cardiac Rehab Center team and enjoy the benefits of improved fitness with other past graduates of the program.

SVMC Cardiology

SVMC Rehabilitation

American Heart Association

Go Red for Women

100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-5132

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Cardiac Rehab, click here

For appointments at SVMC Cardiac Rehabilitation, park in parking area K.

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