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Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation aims to help you recover from a cardiovascular event — such as a heart attack or heart failure — or other debilitating heart condition. This recovery process usually involves physical therapy, exercise and education to rebuild and maintain your heart strength.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs in Kansas City

If you're recovering from a heart attack, or experiencing congestive heart failure, your cardiologist may suggest cardiac rehabilitation.

At HCA Midwest Health, our cardiovascular team members have extensive experience, and work with you to design a rehabilitation program that meets your needs and goals. This usually includes instruction on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other health-related areas, and is a critical part of treatment for your specific heart problem.

Our treatments and services

We offer a variety of both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services across our facilities throughout the Kansas City area.

Do I need cardiac rehabilitation?

You may be eligible to participate in one of our rehabilitation programs if you have experienced one of the following diagnoses or procedures:

  • Angina
  • Cardiac surgery, such as coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Coronary artery angioplasty or stents
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation

Learn more about HCA Midwest's cardiology program.


Our inpatient cardiac rehabilitation services are located within Research Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Outpatient services are available at multiple HCA Midwest Health facilities, including Lee's Summit Medical Center, Research Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center.

The programs at these decorated facilities have received numerous recognitions, including the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certification. This certification shows HCA Midwest's programs are aligned with current guidelines as approved by the AACVPR for early outpatient care of patients with cardiac or pulmonary issues.

Specialized care for cardiac patients

Our programs are designed to meet the needs of everyone who seeks our care. Participants typically spend six-to-12 weeks in cardiac rehabilitation, attending up to three sessions per week. The length of your program may depend upon your goals, the progress of your recovery or your physician’s recommendation.

The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is composed of registered nurses and an exercise physiologist who work directly with physicians, dietitians, pharmacists and respiratory therapists. Together, they provide outpatient lifestyle modification and exercise for cardiac and pulmonary patients.

During sessions, the program team will monitor you with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry unit to let them know how you and your heart react and adapt to activity. You’ll also learn how to take your pulse, determine your exercise intensity and exercise at a level that allows you to receive maximum benefits.

Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

Benefits received from cardiac rehabilitation may vary based on your initial condition, as well as your efforts toward rehabilitation. Benefits may include:

  • Controlling your weight and lowering your total cholesterol levels
  • Developing coping and stress reduction skills, as well as relaxation techniques
  • Earlier return to work and daily activities
  • Emotional support for you and your family
  • Laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Strengthening and conditioning of your heart and lungs
  • Understanding your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart disease, heart failure and a heart attack and when to seek medical attention
  • Reducing your symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event

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