Cardiac Rehabilitation

Based on current resources and the community’s need, we will be temporarily suspending our Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2 program at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Cardiac rehab is a team effort, and our cardiac rehab specialists will continue being an active part of our heart patients' journey to a healthier lifestyle.

If you have questions about this temporary closing, please contact UI Heart and Vascular Center at 1-319-356-7102.
AACVPR Certified Program logoUI Health Care's outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is tailored to help reduce your cardiovascular risk factors.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

Outpatient or Phase II Cardiac Rehab is a 12-week program with up to 36 sessions. This program includes continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring during exercise as well as educational classes.

We will take a variety of measurements at each session, such as:

  • Weight
  • Blood pressure will be measured multiple times
  • Blood glucose, before and after exercise if you are diabetic

The goal of our program is to have you perform 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic training. The workload and duration of the training will increase throughout the program as you are able.

Our program is tailored to each patient based on:

  • Individual goals
  • Physical abilities
  • Health condition
  • Physician recommendations

Overall, the aim of the program is to help restore physical function, reduce risk of future cardiac events, and incorporate exercise and healthy lifestyle choices into your daily routine.

Many insurance companies pay for some, most, or all of the program. Please contact your medical insurance provider with any questions or to request information regarding coverage and copays.

Qualifications to Participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation

You can participate in our program if you any of these referable diagnoses:

  • Heart attack
    • NSTEMI
    • STEMI
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
    • Stent
    • Angioplasty
    • Atherectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Valve repair
  • Valve replacement
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Heart failure (special criteria must be met)
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable angina

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

You can experience many personal gains by participating. These may include:

  • Increased cardiovascular endurance and strength
  • The ability to return to normal activities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased risk of future cardiac events
  • Weight and cholesterol management
  • Diabetes management (if applicable)

Services Offered Through the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

  • ECG-monitored exercise program (Phase II)
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Functional assessment and strength training
  • Smoking assessment and cessation counseling
  • Progressive, individualized monitored and home exercise plans (Phase II)
  • Maintenance (Phase III) and prevention programs
  • Educational classes

Available Cardiac Rehabilitation Educational Classes

Patients and family members are encouraged to attend and participate throughout the program.


Stress management techniques and topics, including:

  • Heart to Heart–interpersonal communication and community
  • Stress–what it is and how to assess your stress
  • Stress adjustment process and practicing resiliency
  • Choosing your perspective and being present


Exercise incorporation and risk factor modification, including:

  • Basics and benefits of exercise and weight training
  • Basics of cardiac anatomy and function, medications, and treatment
  • Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors of heart disease
  • Preventing coronary artery disease progression


Nutrition information, tips, and recommendations, including:

  • Heart healthy diet prescription
  • Weight management
  • Managing sodium and blood pressure
  • Grocery shopping
  • Deciphering nutritional labels

Cardiac Rehabilitation Class Times (Phase II)

Exercise class times

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

  • 8 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Education class times

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

  • 9:15 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.

Maintenance and Prevention Programs

The Maintenance Program (Phase III) is if you have graduated from the Phase II program and want to continue utilizing our facility for regular exercise.

The Prevention Program is for anyone with cardiovascular risk factors who wants to receive a functional assessment and exercise prescription. This can be in a one-time visit or you can sign up to utilize our facility for regular exercise.

These programs are self-pay, self-directed, and not monitored. They are available any time during clinic hours. Enrollees may utilize any equipment as they are able.

A physician order may be required to enroll in these programs. You may be asked to switch machines if necessary during a Phase II exercise class.

Clinic Hours

  • Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


$44 per month (fees decrease with 6 or 12-month commitments)

Available Cardiac Rehabilitation Equipment

  • 6 treadmills
  • 4 recumbent, stationary bikes
  • 2 upright, stationary bikes
  • 1 elliptical
  • 2 recumbent ellipticals
  • 2 Cybex elliptical Arc Trainers
  • 4 NuStep recumbent cross trainers
  • 1 arm ergometer
  • Various strength equipment
    • Resistance training machines and cables
    • Dumbbells
    • Barbells
    • Weight benches
    • Plyometric boxes
    • Exercise bands
    • Medicine balls
    • Bosu balls

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