For patients who have recently undergone a cardiac procedure, the thought of resuming an active lifestyle can be a little scary. Nothing makes the human body feel more fragile than enduring a heart attack, heart surgery, or some form of heart disease. That’s where cardiac rehab comes in.

“Without regular participation in physical activity, the body begins to slowly lose strength, which puts patients at a higher risk for another cardiac event. Participating in physical activity during the recovery process for heart attack, heart surgery, or other forms of heart disease is important to help improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce the risk of future cardiac events.

Through an individualized exercise program, risk factor reduction, and education on a heart healthy lifestyle, we at the Metabolic Center for Wellness help our patients live longer and better lives.” 

Katherine Farinacci

Cardiac Rehab Specialist, Sisters Metabolic Center for Wellness

These rehabilitation programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of our cardiac patients. Under the close supervision of our highly-skilled rehab specialists, we can help make sure that your body – and your heart – make the quickest and fullest recovery possible. 


Different stages of rehabilitation focus on different aspects of a patient’s recovery.


Phase 1 Cardiac Rehab begins as an inpatient in the hospital. At that time your medical professionals will discuss your cardiac issue, review your cardiac risk factors, and provide you with information regarding medications and progressing your activities at discharge. A hospital-based physical therapist will assess you and provide education, review risk factors, & discuss the importance of reviewing the benefits of Phase 2 cardiac rehab when appropriate. The physical therapist will develop a plan of care for the inpatient hospital stay which includes functional mobility and exercise tolerance while monitoring the patient’s heart rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen level. A physical therapist may also intervene during your hospitalization to monitor your cardiac responses with increased activities such as walking and or exercising.


Phase 2 of cardiac rehab takes place in an outpatient setting and employs the time and talents of dedicated rehab specialists. Most of these programs have an exercise component, as specialists will be looking to monitor your heart’s response to activities that challenge stamina and endurance. To do so, patients will wear a telemetry device that measures the electrical activity of their hearts.

Over the rehabilitation period, most patients will increase their exercise time, machine usage, and intensity. On average, patients complete somewhere between 18-36 sessions for their cardiac rehabilitation.

Catholic Health offers Phase 1 cardiac rehab in our acute inpatient hospitals and Phase 2 cardiac rehab at the following three outpatient sites:

Sister’s Metabolic Center for Wellness
2605 Harlem Rd
Cheektowaga, New York 14225
(716) 891-2703

AthletiCare Orchard Park
3669 Southwestern Blvd
Orchard Park, New York 14127
(716) 828-2455

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital
5300 Military Rd
Lewiston, New York 14092
(716) 298-3030

Find Cardiac Rehab Services Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Find Cardiac Rehab Services Near You
Call (716) 706-2112