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Cardiac Rehabilitation & Lifestyle Program

Hear Cardiac Rehab Nurse Lori Waddell, Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Peter Birnbaum and our patients speak
to the Program, the staff involved and the impact
it has on your life after surgery.

Established in 1979, the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Program was the first of its kind in the Central Valley. It was also the first to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The program is supervised by registered nurses and exercise physiologists who monitor participants throughout a program of up to 36 EKG-monitored visits. As prescribed by your physician, the program is a combination of education and exercise developed using national guidelines.

Those who may benefit from Cardiac Rehab:

  • Have had coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Have had a heart attack
  • Have had coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary stent procedures
  • Patients with stable angina
  • Patients who have undergone valve replacement or repair
  • Heart or heart/lung transplant patients

Cardiac Rehab can help:

  • Speed recovery during and after hospitalization
  • Gain a greater sense of well being and confidence
  • Identify and improve awareness of those factors that may
  • Contribute to heart disease
  • Enhance the life-long management of heart disease

Benefits of exercise:

  • Improves heart and lung function
  • Decreases resting blood pressure
  • Decreases body fat
  • Decreases total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol
  • Increases energy level
  • Increases tolerance to stress and depression
  • Controls or prevents the development of diabetes

For additional health resources, click here. For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Program, please contact us at (559) 450-3628.


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Saint Agnes Medical Center | 1303 E. Herndon Ave. Fresno, CA 93720 | 559-450-3000