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The Ohio State University Medical Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed to guide you and your family through the recovery process after a heart-related event, and forward toward optimal health and wellness.

What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation services are comprehensive programs provided in an inpatient and outpatient setting involving medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education and counseling.

While the core of cardiac rehabilitation is exercise, the program also targets nutrition and diet, weight optimization, management of lipid abnormalities (cholesterol and triglycerides), blood pressure, diabetes and stress response.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehabilitation?

The OSUMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides education about the management and prevention of future heart events for people who have recently experienced:

What to Expect During Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Ohio State University Medical Center offers Phase 1, Phase 2 and Maintenance cardiac rehabilitation programming.

Phase 1: This component of cardiac rehabilitation occurs during a hospital stay. A cardiac rehabilitation team member provides education and information to ease the transition from hospital to home.

Phase 2: After an entry medical evaluation, you may have a Vo2max stress test which measures the maximum amount of oxygen your heart can provide to your muscles during prolonged activity. You also begin a telemetry-monitored (remote monitoring) and medically supervised exercise program. The frequency and duration of your program varies depending on your heart risk, your schedule and your physiological response to exercise. Up to 36 sessions of Phase 2 may be covered by insurance.

Maintenance: This is an ongoing, self-pay program that helps you maintain an exercise regimen and offers continued staff and peer support. 

The OSU Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is:


A member of our cardiac rehabilitation team is assigned to guide your rehabilitative process and to develop a program designed to meet your unique needs and goals. Consideration of your medical history, your stress test results and your responses to health questionnaires is used when making specific achievable goals and targets. Your progression is individualized and guided by your case manager.

We recognize the importance of education as part of your rehabilitation process. Our cardiac rehabilitation team members provide you and your family with information about heart conditions, lifestyle management and prevention strategies. Educational sessions are available about nutrition, medications, stress management, cardiovascular and muscle fitness, smoking cessation and other factors contributing to heart disease.


Our cardiac rehabilitation team consists of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, pharmacists and behavioral medicine specialists. This team of professionals works with you and your family to ensure a successful rehabilitation experience.


The cardiac rehabilitation team is composed of nationally recognized experts who are dedicated to caring for people with heart problems. As part of the OSU Medical Center, the cardiac rehabilitation team has access to the latest in cardiac rehabilitation treatments, therapies, innovation and research.


Your cardiac rehab team understands that it can be difficult returning to an active life after being hospitalized for or living with  a chronic heart problem. We offer classes, individualized counseling and support, and plenty of encouragement to help you on your journey. Cardiac rehabilitation is a positive environment to learn, try new health behaviors, have fun, take risks and get better.


Research studies have shown that people who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs experience less recurrence of heart problems, less risk of death, a more rapid return to work, an improved quality of life and a greater sense of well-being. 

Benefits of our program include:

  • Improved cardiovascular function and fitness level
  • Reduction in likelihood of future heart attacks, events and death
  • Increased awareness of how to make behavior changes and make changes last
  • Opportunities to learn about weight reduction, diabetes management, cholesterol and blood pressure treatment, exercise training, smoking cessation and stress reduction
  • Improved healthy eating habits
  • Increased muscle tone, stamina and activity tolerance
  • Reduction of fear or anxiety related to heart condition


A physician referral is required to enroll in the Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation program. The Maintenance program is open to anyone and may need physician approval.


Many medical insurance policies cover Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation. However, there will be variation on the number of sessions allowed based on your benefits. Maintenance is not recognized as a covered benefit. You should consult with your health insurance carrier or company benefits administrator for an explanation of Phase 2 coverage.

The OSUMC outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is offered at two locations:

OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention
Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 1010
Columbus, Ohio  43221

OSU CarePoint East
(Phase 2 patients only)
543 Taylor Avenue, third floor room 3068
Columbus, OH 43203
Fax: 688-6305