Rehabilitation and Support
After a heart attack or heart procedure, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to join a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Cardiac rehabilitation is an essential part of the recovery process. It is recommended by both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
The specialized programs at the Mat Gaberty Heart Center can help with the recovery process, and with the lifestyle changes that are necessary for maintaining good heart health in the long-run.
Programs are administered by an experienced, professional staff. The team includes cardiologists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and a registered dietitian.
The Mat Gaberty Heart Center at McLaren Macomb offers a wide range of programs. These include:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation – A monitored exercise and education program for people who have had a heart attack, stents, angioplasty, stable angina, or cardiac surgery
- Heart Failure Exercise – A monitored exercise and education program for people managing heart failure (a condition in which the heart is not pumping as well as it should to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the body’s cells)
- Diabetes Exercise – A monitored exercise and education program for people with diabetes
- Peripheral Artery Disease Exercise – A monitored exercise and education program designed to increase peak walking distance and improve quality of life for people with PAD
- Health Fitness Evaluation– A comprehensive fitness assessment and customized exercise plan for people interested in improving their health and fitness
These comprehensive programs are designed with two components – exercise and education, a key component for achieving the best outcomes.
Patients who understand their particular condition and how it can best be managed are the ones who show the most improvement. As part of the education process, participants learn about their illness, medications, exercise, nutrition and other factors for overall well-being.
The staff encourages your active participation in learning about your heart and healthy lifestyle practices to promote healthy living.
Our rehabilitation programs offer many benefits for people of all ages. The programs help patients:
- Learn the correct way to exercise, while being monitored by highly trained professionals
- Exercise to strengthen the heart and lungs, and to improve circulation
- Get advice on healthy eating habits and stress control
- Receive individual assessment of risk factors for heart disease
- Gain confidence through psychological and social support
- Reduce the chances of having another heart-related event
Ask your physician or cardiologist about enrolling in one of these rehabilitation programs. The cost of cardiac rehabilitation is usually covered by Medicare or insurance providers. (The other programs are generally self-pay and are offered at a reasonable cost).
Classes are held at various times throughout the week to meet most schedules.
Please contact us with any questions at
Fax: (586) 493-3355
This free support group is for individuals with heart disease. The HEARTS Club (Heart Education, Rehabilitation Teaching and Support) is held every other month on the third Thursday. Meetings include healthy snacks and are usually held in the conference room of the Mat Gaberty Heart Center. For a reservation, call (586) 493-8663 and leave your name and phone number.
“The care I have received for the last four years in Cardiac Rehab has been life changing for me. It has kept me healthy and I look forward to coming every week. The staff is the best ever.” Patrick G.
“I’m able to exercise at a higher heart rate with no anxiety.” Rod D.
“I always feel safe exercising. The Cardiac Rehab staff are always close and keep an eye on everyone. They are fun to be around.” Sandra P.