Cardiac rehabilitation

HonorHealth's Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers are the Valley's largest and only multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation centers staffed with a committed team of talented cardiologists, registered nurses, certified exercise physiologists, a social worker and registered dietitians.

All facility staff members teach cardiac risk factor education classes. Our Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Medical Center and Deer Valley Medical Center locations have earned the highest level of certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehab is especially important for patients who have had:

  • Heart attacks.
  • Angioplasty/stent(s).
  • Coronary artery bypass grafts.
  • Valve surgery.
  • Congestive heart failure.
  • Other related heart issues.

Cardiac rehab consistently has been shown to improve exercise tolerance and psychosocial well being without increasing risk. Both comprehensive and individualized cardiac rehabilitation programs utilize a wide-range of medical professionals including cardiologists, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, dieticians and social workers.

HonorHealth offers a multi-phased approach to cardiac rehab:

  • Phase 1: You will start rehab while in the hospital. Your medical team will educate you about heart disease and gradually introduce you to exercise so you're prepared to go home.
  • Phase 2: After you leave the hospital, the rehab team will arm you with the knowledge and tools necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Through counseling on exercise, nutrition, heart disease, stress and emotional wellbeing, you'll learn to stay healthy, regain your strength and reduce your risk for future heart issues.
  • Phase 3: The program builds upon your progress in Phase 2 with preventive education and rehabilitation support.

All phases require physician prescriptions. Insurance coverage options vary by phase.

Print out the information for our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (PDF).


Procedural and physical changes made to Cardiac Rehab facility

Procedural changes

  1. All staff and patients will be screened before prior to entering the Cardiac Rehab gym. This will be documented in EPIC.
  2.  All staff and patients are required to wear masks. 
  3. Patients are directed to a set-up station to maintain distance as they hook up to their monitor and get their pre-exercise vitals.
  4. All equipment and high-touch surfaces are disinfected by staff prior to each class.
  5. Team members will wash their hands between each patient interaction.
  6. Exercise classes will be limited to six patients to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  7. Staff will wipe down all used exercise equipment between each patient along with all medical equipment (blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, stethoscopes, and telemetry equipment).
  8. Each phase 2 patient will be provided their own telemetry pouch, disposable blood pressure cuff and pencil to be used at each visit.

Physical changes

  1. Floor markings in the clinical area to indicate the six patient stations.
  2. Signage on each piece of equipment to indicate if it is clean/not clean.
  3. W.O.Ws stocked with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, an individual patient telemetry pouch, a blood pressure cuff and an assigned monitor for each patient in the upcoming class.
  4. Redesigned waiting room, including removal of chairs to provide enough room for social distancing.  
  5. Removal of chairs from our lecture room to maintain social distancing space.
  6. Removal of pieces of equipment from the clinical area to provide enough room for social distancing.