• Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • cardiac rehab Penrose-St. Francis Cardiac Rehabilitation helps people recovering from a heart attack, valve or bypass surgery, stent implant or other heart problem. Rehabilitation helps prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for return to work and normal family and social life. It also helps you slowly and safely get back to normal activities. Our therapists talk to you about changes you can make to help reduce your risk of more heart problems. A physician referral is required for cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac Rehabilitation can:

    • Increase your chances of surviving a heart attack or other heart problem
    • Increase your ability to be active and exercise
    • Help you return to work sooner
    • Help you get back to a normal lifestyle
    • Improve overall health and well-being

    Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I provides educational services for patients hospitalized at Penrose Hospital and St- Francis Medical Center for open heart surgery, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, and other coronary artery disease related diagnoses.  Trained Cardiac Nurses provide education about recovery, activity and coronary artery risk factor modification to patients and family members.

    Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II is designed primarily for patients with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease, open-heart surgery, recent myocardial infarction, angioplasty, stent, or stable angina. This comprehensive program offers prescribed cardiovascular exercise, risk factor modification, education, on-going nursing assessment and referral to nutritionist and behavioral intervention based on individual need.  This multifaceted program is designed to limit the adverse physiologic and psychological effects of cardiac illness, reduce risk of sudden death or reinfarction, control cardiac symptoms, stabilize the atherosclerotic process and enhance the patient's psychosocial and vocational status. Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II Program is reimbursed by Medicare and most other payers. Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered at Audubon Medical Campus and St. Francis Medical Center.

    For more information on Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation, talk to your doctor for a referral or call:

    Audubon Medical Campus
    3030 N. Circle Drive
    (corner of Circle and Union)
    Colorado Springs, CO  80909

    719-776-4866 FAX

    St. Francis Medical Center - 719-571-1595


    The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Penrose-St. Francis is proud to be the first Nationally Accredited Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in Colorado.

    The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is proud to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Our program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. We participated in the one month application process which requires extensive documentation of the program's practices. The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.