When you come to Inova for cardiac rehabilitation, you are Safe@Inova. Our appointments are conducted in person, following strict safety guidelines. Learn more.
Virtual rehabilitation is available on request. Eligibility will be based on your personal assessment.
Beginning April 19, 2021 the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation program will be temporarily closed. During this transition, there are two options available:
- Patients may join the Inova Alexandria Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Patients may join the program through individualized virtual visits
We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time. To receive details on how to enroll, contact any of our locations below.
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute's Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are behavior and lifestyle management programs for adults with heart disease. Our cardiac rehabilitation program begins in the hospital and is held on an outpatient basis. The program is offered at four Inova locations in Northern Virginia: Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.
How can I sign up for cardiac rehab?
A doctor's referral is required to enroll in the program. We will contact your physician on your behalf to obtain your referral. If you are interested in learning more about our cardiac rehabilitation program, please call one of the four locations:
Proud to be AACVPR certified
All Inova cardiac rehab locations are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This means that Inova has been recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Download printable Cardiac Rehab brochure
Inova Health Talk: Cardiac Rehab
VIDEO: Watch Patricia's Story – Surviving and Thriving After a Heart Attack
Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation
- Improved circulation
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Diabetes management
- Improved cardiovascular function
- Confidence with independent exercise
- Improved weight control
- Increased strength and endurance
- Improved flexibility and balance
- Stress management techniques
- Expanded support network
- Education to prevent further cardiac events
Click to see our outpatient hospital locations with address and phone numbers
How does Inova's Cardiac Rehab program work?
Inpatient Transition Care (Formerly Phase I)
During your hospitalization* a clinical team member will explain the cardiac rehabilitation program, the benefits of participation and the enrollment process. During this visit, the healthcare provider is available to answer questions about heart diease and initial activity guidelines.
(*You do not need to have been an inpatient at Inova to join our program; it is diagnosis driven.)
Secondary Prevention Program (formerly Phase II)
Our staff will develop a personalized outpatient program, with a focus on monitored exercise and education. In this program, the patient will:
- Develop an increased understanding of their condition and treatment
- Receive support and guidance needed to make important lifestyle changes that will decrease their risk for disease
- Improve cardiovascular conditioning for work and recreational activities
Phase III: Continued support with a "Cardiac Wellness Program"
The Cardiac Wellness Program is offered at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and is designed for those who complete the Inpatient Transition Care and Secondary Prevention Program and want to continue exercise with clinical supervision. The Cardiac Wellness Program provides a supportive environment for a patient's continued cardiovascular wellness efforts.
Please ask to speak with the cardiac rehabilitation department when inquiring for more information.
Fees and insurance
Most insurance plans cover much of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. The amount covered varies among insurance companies. Our staff will verify your benefits and what your insurance covers before your participation. You should also contact your insurance company to verify your level of coverage before you enroll in the program. Some insurance companies may require pre-certification.
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