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Cardiac rehabilitation

Benefits for more than just your heart

Salem Health’s cardiac rehabilitation program is one of the largest in Oregon and is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This program helps individuals recovering from a heart attack, failure, or surgery to dramatically improve their heart health. Our proven three-phase approach has helped hundreds of people increase their quality-of-life.

Cardiac rehabilitation benefits more than just your heart. You’ll notice:

  • Reduced symptoms (chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue)
  • Decreased risk of another heart attack
  • Improved exercise performance
  • Improved health-related quality of life
  • Improved emotional health (reversal of anxiety and depression)
  • Improved fat and cholesterol levels
  • Improved knowledge about heart disease and its management
  • A quicker return to work and leisure activities


Contact us

Cardiac rehab physician referral form

Cardiac rehab therapist assiting patient on an exercise bike


Mended Hearts

Your personal support group volunteer

Patients in the hospital may be visited by a member of the local Mended Hearts support group. These dedicated cardiac volunteers have “been there” and had experiences similar to what you are going through. Mended Hearts is a national organization whose local chapter volunteers share their time and experiences to help answer questions and inspire patients in their recovery and rehabilitation. Learn more by calling 503-814-1773.



Getting started


After your physician places a referral to the Salem Health cardiac rehabilitation program, we will call you to schedule an initial evaluation. If you have questions — or would like an update on scheduling your appointment — please call us at 503-814-1700 and select option 2.


First appointment

A nurse will meet with you to discuss the recovery process and the cardiac rehabilitation program. You will exercise for about five minutes with one of our exercise specialists so please wear comfortable clothing. We work with your physician to develop a recovery plan that suites your needs.



Most insurance and Medicare plans cover the initial phase of cardiac rehab. Contact your health insurance provider to find out about coverage and applicable co-pays or co-insurance fees. Your insurance and recovery progress will determine the length of attendance.


Our 3 phase maintenance program

Our 3 phase maintenance program offers progressive, self-directed exercise for patients with cardiac history, diabetes or those working to prevent cardiac disease and diabetes. We helps individuals stay fit, achieve goals and keep motivated in a safe, fun and upbeat environment alongside others who have similar goals. Exercise sessions include aerobic, resistance, strength and flexibility training.



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Salem Health Heart and Vascular Center

Salem Hospital, Building B
665 Winter St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

Get directions

Phone: 503-814-1700
Cardiac rehab referral fax: 503-814-1707