Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation are programs of exercise, education, and psychosocial support for persons with heart conditions or chronic lung disease.

Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are supervised by a variety of health-care professionals, including registered nurses and certified strength and conditioning specialists. A physician’s referral is required. 


Upon arriving at Spencer Hospital, use Entrance B next to the Valet Station (remember, complimentary valet services are available 5:30 AM – 4 PM each week day).  Please take the stairs or Elevator D to the Lower Level. The Cardiopulmonary Rehab gym for Phase II patients is located on the lower level, adjacent to the gym area for Cardiac Enhancement Classes and Athletic Enhancement services.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab helps patients recover faster from an acute cardiac event and return to full and productive lives. It is a safe and effective way to help you feel better and stronger faster.

What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab helps participants:

  • Improves functional abilities
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Reduces lifestyle-related risk factors
  • Increases knowledge of heart disease process and provides prevention strategies
  • Improves ability to perform daily activities
  • Increases self-esteem and confidence
  • Improves adherence to healthy lifestyle choices

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

People living with lung disease often face the need to limit activities due to shortness of breath. Pulmonary Rehab helps improve the health and lifestyle options of people living with chronic lung disease.

What Are the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary Rehab helps participants:

  • Improve ability to perform daily activities
  • Increase knowledge of lung disease and how to manage symptoms
  • Increase self-esteem and confidence
  • Improve adherence to healthy lifestyle choices
  • Reduced anxiety

Phases of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Inpatient (Phase I) - Begins in the hospital and involves low-level activity and education.

Outpatient (Phase II) - Focuses on education for lifestyle changes and risk reduction, as well as individual exercise prescriptions with emphasis on aerobic activity and muscle strengthening. This phase is covered by most insurance plans.

Maintenance (Phase III) - Allows continued exercise under the supervision of health care professionals working in a supervised setting. This phase is not covered by insurance; however, the out-of-pocket expense is minimal.

How Should I Prepare for My Rehab Session?

Dress comfortably. While you can wear street clothes, you may wish to wear athletic apparel and shoes as you will be exercising. During your rehabilitation sessions, you will have your blood pressure and heart rate checked, receive education on heart disease and healthy lifestyle tips, and exercise under monitored conditions.

Education & Certifications

Our staff includes registered nurses and certified strength and conditioning coaches. Spencer Hospital’s Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).


If you have any questions or need to schedule your appointment, call (712) 264-6178 between 6:30 AM - 3 PM / Monday - Friday.