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Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Since 1986, Centegra’s nationally certified Cardiac Rehabilitation program has been helping patients heal from cardiac incidences through our medically integrated three-phase approach. Hundreds of patients from all over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin participate in Centegra’s Cardiac Rehabilitation to build strength, reduce stress, learn about a heart healthy lifestyle, and return to physical and emotional health after a heart attack or surgery.

Centegra’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to help you achieve the maximum level of physical and psychological recovery and reduce risks of future cardiac problems. Centegra’s program offers a positive, progressive approach to optimum recovery in a safe, monitored environment.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation has recognized Centegra Health System’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program for its commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Phase I—Inpatient

The inpatient program is for individuals recovering from open-heart surgery. An interdisciplinary team that specializes in cardiac care will develop an individualized exercise, education, and counseling program to help coordinate your recovery process.

Phase II—Early Outpatient Program

Phase II of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Centegra is a 12-week outpatient program focused on an individualized exercise program. You will attend 60-minute exercise sessions three times a week for the duration of the program. Throughout each exercise session, your heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure are closely monitored using an EKG monitor and other tools. Cardiac Rehabilitation clinicians supervise every exercise session and report your progress to your physician.

During this phase of the program, most insurance will cover a consultation with a registered dietitian and/or behavior health specialist. Please ask a member of the cardiac team for more information.

Most insurance companies reimburse for this program. Coverage is based on your individual plan. Please contact your insurance company to obtain approval and clarify your responsibility (if any) for payments.

Phase III—Maintenance Program

This 90-day program is available for individuals who have completed Phase II of the program or have been previously diagnosed with heart problems. All Phase III participants work independently under the supervision of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Improved heart rate and blood pressure readings
  • Decreased body fat
  • Improved circulation and overall muscle tone
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased work capacity (the body uses oxygen more efficiently, thus decreasing the workload on the heart)
  • Reduced risk of future heart problems


To enroll, contact Cardiac Rehabilitation at (815) 334-3990.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock is located in the Ambulatory Care Center.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Centegra Hospital-McHenry is located in Suite B104 in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital.

Centegra WellBridge Program

Integrated into the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is the Centegra WellBridge program. This  is a wellness membership that promotes community health by providing patients who have completed Phase II or Phase III with a supervised exercise area at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers at a very low cost. Participants in this program will exercise independently under the supervision of the Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center team.

Benefits include:

  • A 60-day membership for the participant and a support person
  • Access to two convenient locations in Crystal Lake and Huntley
  • More than 200 FREE group fitness classes a week
  • Indoor lap and warm water therapy pools and outdoor pool access
  • FREE WellBridge fitness classes
  • Discounted enrollment should you decide to join Centegra Health Bridge after your membership

A regular, structured exercise program promotes a healthier and more active lifestyle. At Centegra, exercise can be enjoyed under safe conditions with our highly qualified staff available to guide you.