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St. Anthony's Cardiology Center

Cardiac rehabilitation

After having a heart attack, heart surgery or stent implantation to open a blocked coronary artery, the best thing you can do for your heart, arteries and long-term health is to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Program benefits

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are shown to reduce deaths by up to 25 percent during the first years following a heart attack or procedure. And, the benefits go beyond survival and heart health. Cardiac rehabilitation also improves muscle strength, lung function and endurance, all of which are essential for returning to an active life after a heart attack or other cardiac event.

The demonstrated benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include the following:

  • reduced symptoms (angina, shortness of breath, fatigue)
  • mortality benefit (approximately 20 to 25 percent)
  • live longer and lessen your chances of another heart attack
  • increased exercise performance
  • improved lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL [good cholesterol], LDL [bad cholesterol], and triglycerides)
  • increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management
  • enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
  • improved health-related quality of life
  • improved psychosocial symptoms (reversal of anxiety and depression, increased self-esteem)
  • improved control of diabetes
  • improved communication with your doctor and other health care providers about your progress following your cardiac event
  • reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources
  • return to work or leisure activities

Program details

St. Anthony's program goes beyond medically supervised exercise, to include strategies to reduce modifiable risk factors, including nutrition, diabetes, exercise, stress management, weight management and smoke cessation.

St. Anthony's cardiac rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is under the supervision of a physician.

Insurance information

Most insurance companies cover all or part of the rehabilitation for individuals who have:

  • had a heart attack;
  • undergone angioplasty, with or without a stent;
  • had bypass surgery;
  • stable angina (chest pain on exertion);
  • had a heart valve repaired or replaced;or
  • undergone a heart or heart-lung transplant.

Phase III Extended Exercise program is a self-pay program for both rehabilitation graduates and new patients who need guidance and supervision to ensure safe exercise.


St. Anthony's cardiac rehabilitation services are located in Suite 105, Physician's Office Center (see map). If you have questions, please call 314-525-4091.

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.