Return to an Active Life

After her heart surgery, Carol wasn't sure she was going to be able to return to her active life. But, thanks to the help provided by HSHS St. Anthony's cardiac rehab, she can now walk at least 40 minutes without any discomfort. She is now able to continue the job she loves.

Services Provided


For Hospitalized Patients

  • Counseling

  • Graded exercise and activity program

  • Home walking and activity guidelines

  • Progress reports to your physician

Patient education plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process. The patient’s family is urged to participate, so that together he/she can learn how to cope with the disease and modify his/her lifestyle with greater understanding.

Do You Need Cardiac Rehabilitation? 


You may need cardiac rehabilitation if you have experienced the following: 

  • ​coronary artery disease

  • heart attack

  • coronary bypass surgery

  • angioplasty

  • stent placement

  • heart valve repair/replacement

  • heart or heart-lung transplant

Cardiac rehabilitation also enhances emotional well-being. We encourage active participation for the patient and his/her family members. We support a positive approach to the rehabilitation phase, while discussing various changes in lifestyle that are to take place. Any questions or concerns regarding activity are discussed with the patient and family.

Cardiac Rehabilitation helps to increase motivation, improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety and depression in cardiac patients, while serving as a support system for the patient and his/her family.

Exercise sessions 


Exercise sessions are held in the cardiac rehabilitation gym which is located in the Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony's. The exercise equipment available includes:

  • Treadmills

  • Weight Bike

  • Air-Dyne Bike

  • Arm Ergometer

  • Cross-training equipment

  • Weight Pulleys

  • Stairmaster

  • Telemetry Monitor

All exercise sessions are supervised by the cardiac rehabilitation nurse, who is also experienced in cardiac monitoring. A telemetry monitor is used for all patients to monitor heart rate and rhythm during exercise. Blood pressures are checked before and after exercise and as necessary.

For Outpatients

  • Supervised exercise sessions in Cardiac Rehabilitation gym

  • Blood pressure and cardiac monitoring

  • Progess reports to your physician