Cardiac Rehabilitation

Appointments & Information


Studies of heart attack survivors have shown that participation in a cardiac rehab program can reduce the chances of having a second heart attack within the next year by 17% ... and by two years after the heart attack, decrease the mortality rate by nearly 50%. PVHMC is dedicated not only to improving the quality of life and overall survival of those with coronary diseases ... but also to the prevention of heart disease through proactive management of conditions that can lead to cardiac illness.

Inpatient Cardiac Rehab at PVHMC

The Stead Heart and Vascular Center's inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program incorporates our nationally recognized and longest running rehabilitation program in the region. Cardiac rehabilitation begins while the patient is in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, bypass surgery or other cardiac event. Patients report improvements in their strength, endurance, and independence as physical therapists progress sitting, walking, and basic arm and leg exercises. This progressive course of activity provides our patients the confidence necessary to achieve success in their Cardiac Rehabilitation Home Exercise Program and allows for comfortable transition to outpatient rehabilitation in the Stead Cardiac and Wellness Center. For more information about inpatient cardiac recovery and rehabilitation visit Stead Heart & Vascular Center.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab at PVHMC

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab at PVHMC
After their introduction to cardiac rehabilitation services as an inpatient, many will enroll in PVHMC's outpatient cardiac program upon discharge from the hospital. This program is designed to help patients resume a normal lifestyle and reduce the risk of disease progression following a heart attack, angina or open heart surgery. Cardiac Rehab patients are recovering from...
  • Acute MI
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Stable Angina Pectoris
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Failure

For many with coronary artery disease, prescribing a lifestyle change that involves regular exercise can be a vital part of treatment. PVHMC offers two levels of cardiac exercise programs available in our medically supervised fitness gym. Gym equipment includes ...

Treadmills • Exercise Bikes • Weight Machines • Resistance Machines

Under the medical direction of Dr. Rama Thumati, our ACLS certified staff of clinical exercise physiologists, registered nurses, and physical therapists develop exercise, nutrition and cardiac disease risk-management programs for all ages. Many participants achieve their goals in the prescribed time period and return for additional sessions to maintain their new level of wellness.

Rama Thumati, MD, Medical Director

"As the Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation & Wellness Program, it is my pleasure to work with one of the largest and most progressive cardiac rehabilitation and health exercise programs in California. The goal of our program is to encourage and assist all people, cardiac patients and healthy individuals alike, to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle, which will aid in increasing quality of life and longevity. With the medical industry turning its focus toward preventions, we embrace the opportunity to serve our community in every aspect of wellness. We look forward to being a part of your personal wellness."

The Cardiac Rehab Program

The Cardiac Rehab Program
Working with the referring physician, our clinicians design an individually tailored exercise plan that promotes increased cardiovascular efficiency, speeds recovery, and helps prevent prolonged disability. Following an initial assessment, our staff will direct and test patients as they complete their exercise prescription while being monitored for weight, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, heart rhythm and heart rate. Cardiac Rehab includes...
  • 12 Lead ECG
  • Resting oxygen saturation pre/post walk test
  • Fasting Lipid panel, blood glucose and Hgb AIC
  • 6-minute Walk Test
  • Up to 36 sessions
Education on lifestyle modification is offered through group classes such as Risk Factor Reduction and Disease Management. Individual counseling sessions include Medical Nutrition Therapy and Psycho-Social Counseling. Referrals for Diabetes Management and Smoking Cessation are available upon request.
    Cost – Covered under most insurance
    Location – Rehabilitation Services in the Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion at PVHMC
    Required – A physician’s prescription
    Getting Started – Register through PVHMC Rehabilitation Services by calling (909) 865-9810
Click on our video, Cardiac Rehab: The Key to a Heart Healthy Future, to learn more about the program, hear from participants, and see it in action.
For more information about Cardiac Rehab at PVHMC, please download our Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation brochure.

PVHMC's Health & Wellness Program

PVHMC's Health & Wellness Program

The Health & Wellness Program is available to anyone in generally good health who would like to exercise in PVHMC's Stead Cardiac & Wellness Center as a preventive measure to maintain good heart health. Those who have completed Cardiac Rehab can also join allowing them to extend the benefits of their rehab program independently, but still exercise in a medically supervised environment. Program options include ...

  • Cardiac Risk Stratification Assessment
  • Ongoing monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate and cardiac risk factors
  • Education and personal counseling on Risk Factor Reduction
  • Individualized exercise prescription designed by medically trained exercise physiologists and physical therapists
  • Orthopedic screening/consultation
  • Supervision by medically trained exercise physiologists and physical therapists
    Cost Options – $675/yr Annual Membership or $60 for 8 sessions
    Location 1 – PVHMC's Stead Cardiac & Wellness Center - For hours click here
    Location 2 - Claremont Rehabilitation Clinic (Exercise only)
- For hours click here    
    Required – A written "Clearance to Participate" from a doctor. Click the PDF below to download this form.
    Getting Started – Register through PVHMC Rehabilitation Services by calling (909) 865-9810

Outpatient EECP Program


The Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) program is available for those with pain associated with angina pectoris despite prior treatment. This non-invasive technique increases blood flow to the heart without the use of medication. Results often include reduction of angina pain, decreased need for medication, increased level of exercise and increased level of blood flow to body extremities. The program consists of 35 one-hour sessions, typically performed once a day, five days a week for seven weeks. For more information on the Outpatient EECP Program visit ... Stead Heart & Vascular Center.
     Cost - Covered under most insurance
     Location – Stead Heart & Vascular Center
     Required – A physician’s prescription
     Getting Started – Register through PVHMC Rehabilitation Services by calling (909) 865-9810

Heart to Heart Cardiac Support Group

Cardiac disease impacts all aspects of one’s life. Living with the disease is a group effort, comprised of the patient, loved ones, and healthcare professionals. Our "Heart to Heart" Cardiac Support Group is designed for persons with heart disease, their caregivers and family members. The mission of the group is to provide hope, encouragement and knowledge to build a heart healthy lifestyle. Together, through shared experiences, discussion, and education this can be achieved. "Heart to Heart" is open to the community and meets the last Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:00 pm in Rehabilitation Services on the first floor of the Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion. For questions regarding Heart to Heart" please contact Gloria Galvan RN, Clinical Quality Coordinator of PVHMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at 909-865-9810.
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