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Heart Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at NHRMC Heart Center is a comprehensive referral-based exercise, education and stress management program for patients who have heart disease and those who have had heart surgery or a cardiac event such as a heart attack. Participants in the program learn to adopt healthier lifestyles with the assistance of registered nurses and exercise physiologists specially trained in heart health and recovery.

NHRMC's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has been nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation for their superior standards of quality cardiac and pulmonary care.

How the Program Works

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help you return to a normal active lifestyle and reduce your risk of future cardiac problems. While patients often survive a cardiac event, a cardiac rehabilitation program can help manage the underlying disease that caused it.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at NHRMC works one-on-one with patients to help them adopt habits that will promote heart health including daily exercise, good nutrition, medication compliance, and smoking cessation.

Elements of the program include:

Monitored Exercise Sessions

Cardiac rehab therapists design exercise programs tailored to individual needs. Monitored exercise sessions include both aerobic and strength training exercises to increase endurance and improve overall health. Exercise programs are adjusted as participants progress.

Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional counseling is part of an overall educational process that helps recovering patients understand and manage risk factors. A clinical nutritionist meets with participants and family members to identify current dietary habits. Together, goals are established to help the participant lose weight and improve overall health.


On-going education is central to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Staff provides information essential to establishing a heart-healthy lifestyle on topics including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Risk factor modification
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • Signs and symptoms of heart disease
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Medications

Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation

To enroll in the program individuals with heart disease must be referred by a physician.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to helping patients who have had heart disease adopt a healthier lifestyle.  The program includes education and exercise in a friendly environment.  Participants who attend regular classes develop a camaraderie that is supportive and helps the healing process.


NHRMC Heart Center

New Hanover Regional Medical Center map
2131 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
The region's only comprehensive Heart Center
Emergency treatment for heart attack patients twice as fast as national average
Emergency Chest Pain Center
Advanced procedures, from minimally invasive to beating heart bypass surgery
More than 30 board-certified cardiologists
12,000 prodedures a year
80 inpatient cardiac specialty beds
30 cardiac critical care beds
2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000