At Hallmark Health System, we provide Cardiac Rehabilitation to individuals who have experienced a heart attack; cardiac surgery; balloon angioplasty; stent placement and those with stable angina pectoris or coronary artery disease.
The Cardiac Care Team has designed a comprehensive program from evaluation to exit that will help patients achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a personal exercise regimen.
Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation programs consist of three distinct phases. Phase 1 begins while you are in the hospital. Phases 2 and 3 take place following your discharge from the hospital. Your cardiac physician and our program directors closely monitors your care throughout all phases of the program.
Phase 1: In The Hospital
While in the hospital, you begin physical therapy as needed and begin education on cardiac disease.
Phase 2: Monitored Exercise and Education Classes
You will join a group of other patients to exercise while supervised by a cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist or physical therapist. A telemetry unit monitors your heart's performance during exercise. You will also attend group education classes covering a variety of cardiac care topics.
Phase 3: Supervised Maintenance Exercise Group
For our patients remaining at risk following completion of Phase 2, we offer continued supervised group exercise sessions 1 to 3 times per week. Once you have achieved a level of cardiovascular conditioning that will allow you to exercise independently, you are discharged from Phase 3.
Eligibility and Benefits
To join the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you must be referred by your physician. We accept patients from all physicians in the area. Patients who have been treated or had surgery at other hospitals are also welcome to participate in our program.
Research has shown that patients who participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation programs, including education and exercise, show improved functioning of the heart and lungs, improved management of risk factors, increased confidence and an enriched sense of well-being.
- Our multidisciplinary team of professionals includes:
- Medical Director / Cardiologists
- Cardiac rehabilitation nursing specialists
- Pulmonary rehab nursing specialists
- Exercise physiologists
- Physical therapists
- Certified diabetes educators
- Yoga and meditation instructors
Our cardiac team is dedicated to optimizing your level of activity and function in a SAFE environment. Team members will continuously monitor your progress and modify your treatment plan accordingly.
Health insurance coverage varies between insurance carriers. Some insurers require prior approval before enrolling in a Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Please consult your insurance provider concerning coverage prior to your first visit with us.
Also, please be aware that copayments are required at time of visit and Phase 3 maintenance is not covered by any insurance carrier.
To make an appointment at either of our two convenient locations or for more information, please contact our Cardiac Rehabilitation Departments at:
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Charles J. Hoff Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Unit
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Cardiac Rehabilitation Department
585 Lebanon Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
Class times vary daily. We make every effort to accommodate patient scheduling needs.
At the Pulse of Heart Health
Hallmark Health program helps patients live healthier lives after cardiac events
Three times a week, Saugus resident and former firefighter Jeff Moses meets up with friends to exercise. The group takes turns choosing music for their exercise session while they talk and bond with one another. Moses and the others aren’t members of a gym or fitness class; rather, they are patients in Hallmark Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
Cardiac Rehabilitation, offered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is a comprehensive program designed for patients who have had a heart attack or other cardiac event such as cardiac surgery, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, stable angina pectoris or congestive heart failure. Hallmark Health’s program is certified by the Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and includes a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac rehab nursing specialists, pulmonary rehab nursing specialists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and dietitians, who are all focused on getting patients back on track to a healthier lifestyle.
Cardiac Rehab begins while patients are in the hospital and continues on an outpatient basis once they are discharged. Patients exercise while supervised by cardiac nurses and exercise physiologists or physical therapists. Each session is tailored to the individual abilities of the patients. Patients also attend group classes that cover risk factors, exercise, stress management, diet and cardiac topics. The goal is to help patients make a permanent healthy-lifestyle change so that they can live a long, productive, meaningful life.
While the focus of the program is to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, Hallmark Health goes well beyond that.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Moses says of Cardiac Rehab. “It’s not like going to the gym – you talk, you joke. It’s like a little therapy session.”
“Patients do enjoy the exercise sessions, but it is important to remember that they are in a supervised program as they recover,” said Joan Keneally-Nies, RN, BSN, senior clinician. “Our patients are monitored as they workout to ensure that if there are any problems, we can respond immediately.”
Moses, 60, felt short of breath while working at a fire on Sept. 15, 2014. Paramedics on scene examined and sent him to the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Department. Within minutes of his arrival, ED staff were certain Moses was experiencing a cardiac event and ordered a stress test and within 24 hours a cardiac catherization. It was determined that one of Moses’ coronary arteries was 95 percent blocked and a stent was placed in the artery.
Moses has taken the lifestyle changes he has learned through Cardiac Rehab and made them a part of his everyday life – a healthier diet and regular walks with his wife, Marianne. He is committed to maintaining these positive changes so he can keep up with their growing family, which already includes four grandchildren!