Better Health for Life
At Catholic Health, we see cardiac fitness and rehabilitation as more than exercise training. It’s about changing your lifestyle. Our St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® offers the largest medically staffed cardiac fitness and rehabilitation program on Long Island at The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale, NY. You can also find care at Good Samaritan University Hospital (West Islip, NY) and St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY).
Our Team and Approach
Our expert and dedicated cardiac team helps you improve physically to reduce the risk of another cardiac event and prevent the occurrence and/or progression of cardiovascular disease. We tailor medically supervised programs to improve your current cardiac health.
Our physicians, exercise physiologists and registered nurses let you safely participate in various physical activities. We also focus on education and emotional support to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and meet your personal health goals.
Rehabilitation for Cardiac Conditions & Surgery
- Angioplasty or stent replacement
- Coronary artery disease
- Coronary stent and angioplasty
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Heart surgery
- Heart transplant
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Valve replacement and repair
Features of Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Physical activity is vital to your recovery. We will create an exercise program specific to your condition and physical capabilities before starting rehabilitation. Your plan will include aerobic activity, resistance training, stretching and flexibility, and upper and lower body strengthening.
As part of your program, you will attend group sessions that generally meet several times a week for 12 to 18 weeks. Each session includes initial setup, pre and post-exercise vital signs assessment, and warm-up/cool-down.
These sessions, held at our rehabilitation facilities, use the latest exercise equipment like arm ergometers, stationary bicycles, seated stepper and weights, and treadmills.
Your medically supervised program is overseen by an expert cardiac team, including board-certified cardiologists, exercise physiologists, registered nurses and cardiac rehabilitation clinicians. We use electrocardiogram (ECG) testing and blood pressure monitoring to ensure you’re staying safe. We evaluate and adjust your plan as needed.
Cardiac rehabilitation goes beyond exercise. We also help you incorporate healthy changes into your daily life. Through health education and support, you can learn how to:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Exercise safely
- Gain self confidence
- Manage your blood pressure
- Manage your stress
Once you’ve completed your cardiac rehabilitation program, you may be eligible for a supplemental program so you can keep your active lifestyle on track.
Catholic Health hospitals offer numerous health and wellness classes, including:
- Blood pressure control
- Cholesterol screenings
- Diabetes support
- Nutrition counseling
- Smoking cessation clinics
- Stress management techniques
- Weight management