Life after your cardiac event
The specialists at WakeMed Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation provide you with a safe, monitored environment where you can gain the strength, confidence, camaraderie and nutritional know-how you need to live a heart-healthy life. We welcome patients who have or had:
- A recent heart attack
- Cardiac bypass surgery
- Angioplasty or stent placement
- Valve repair or replacement surgery
- A heart transplant
- Stable angina
- Heart failure
Patients with ventricular assist devices also benefit from our program.
A Program Designed Just for You
The WakeMed Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation team works with you to develop a program that's right for you. In general, here is what you can expect.
- An initial education and consultation meeting with the exercise/fitness specialist and nurse
- Six to 36 monitored, group exercise sessions
- Up to five small group nutrition education sessions
- Up to two individual sessions with a psychosocial counselor
Your Team of Specialists
The WakeMed Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is medically directed by a physician - typically a cardiologist - and administered by nurses, counselors, nutritionists, therapists and exercise specialists.
A nurse and exercise/fitness specialist monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and heart rhythm while you do cardiovascular exercise, such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.
Confidence & Camaraderie
Exercising in a safe environment where your vital signs are continuously monitored and health care professionals are present is one way heart patients gain the confidence they need to go out and exercise on their own. Another way is through the great camaraderie that develops in the group setting.
It's comforting to know that everyone who is enrolled in the WakeMed Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is recovering from a cardiac event just like you are. From sharing recipes, to offering stress-reduction tips, to helping you move to the next exercise level, program groups are a great means of support.
Insurance Coverage & Physician Referral
Most insurance plans partially or fully cover the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. Check with your health insurance provider before starting cardiac rehabilitation. If you need help, speak to your doctor or ask us for assistance. You will need a referral from your physician to participate in our program.
Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
800 Tilghman Drive
Dunn, NC 28334
910-892-1000, ext. 4609
Sampson Regional Medical Center
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
405 Beaman Street
Clinton, NC 28238
WakeMed Raleigh Campus
WakeMed Rehab Hospital Health Park in Healthworks
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
WakeMed Cary Hospital Cardiac Rehab at Kraft Family YMCA
8921 Holly Springs Road
Apex, NC 27539
| Healthworks: Safeway to Fitness
Safeway to Fitness is a Healthworks program designed to meet identified needs of individuals in our community who have either completed the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program or who want or need structure and supervision in an exercise program. The Safeway to Fitness program will follow applicable policies and procedures of WakeMed Rehab and Healthworks, including confidentiality, emergency situations and safety and security. Click here for an in-depth Safeway to Fitness description.