Cardiac Rehabilitation

(985) 898-3781

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday​

16300 Highway 1085, Covington​ | Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion​

St. Tammany Health System Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program is comprised of individualized prescriptive exercise, education and counseling for patients with heart disease.

Our staff of certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support registered nurses and master-prepared clinical exercise specialist work with participants to improve cardiovascular health with exercises that increase aerobic capacity, muscle strength and flexibility.

The benefits are numerous, among them:
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Eased symptoms
  • Improved blood lipids
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced mortality rates



The first phase of cardiac rehab at St. Tammany Health System is inpatient, providing education and progressive activity for patients with heart events, procedures or disease.


The second phase is an outpatient program for those with stable angina or for patients one to three weeks after cardiac events such as heart attack, stents/angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery or heart valve surgery. Patients wear heart monitors during exercise, and their blood pressure is evaluated. This phase typically lasts three sessions per week for 12 weeks, requires a physician’s order and may be covered by insurance.


St. Tammany Health System’s Cardiac Rehab Phase III program is designed to help individuals acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work toward a lifetime of heart disease management and prevention.

Exercise classes include a warm-up, cardiovascular exercise and strength training. This independent exercise requires a physician referral. Qualified Cardiac Rehab personnel provide a supervised environment. Participants will use upright bikes, recumbent bikes, treadmills, arm cycles, rowing machines, NuStep, steps, weight machine and hand weights. The program is built around the participant’s age, current level of conditioning, physical limitations and health history.

Structured group classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington. Candidates include anyone with a history of heart disease or those with risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

The cost is $35 for orientation, which includes wearing a heart monitor and blood pressure monitoring. Each session is $4 with weekly blood pressure and monthly heart rhythm monitoring.

Educational classes are scheduled periodically for continued learning. To learn more about the program and class times, please call (985) 898-3780.


St. Tammany Health System’s Healthy Steps is exercise training for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), which also is known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This affects more than 9 million people nationwide, and at least half of those affected have no obvious leg symptoms. The comprehensive program is designed to improve symptoms and increase each patient’s quality of life.

Cardiac Rehab registered nurses, clinical exercise physiologists and exercise specialists supervise the class, while Cardiac Rehab staff, an STHS pharmacist and an STHS dietician discuss topics such as signs and symptoms of a heart attack, cardiac risk factors, cholesterol, diabetes, nutrition and smoking cessation. They are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington.

Initial orientation is $35, which includes medical history intake, medication review, treadmill test, blood pressure measurements and EKG monitoring. Each supervised exercise session is $4, which includes blood pressure and heart rate monitoring and weekly and monthly EKG monitoring. A physician referral is required.

To learn more about the program and class times, call (985) 898-3780.


This phase is offered in conjunction with the Northshore YMCA to graduating Phase II patients. This is a self-pay program that requires physicians order.


Cardiac Rehab host free community classes on topics early warning signs of a heart attack, preparing for a cardiac emergency, risk factors for heart disease, benefits of exercise, nutrition for a healthy heart, weight management, medications, and stress management. 

The free classes are held every other month at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion in Conference Room 2. Click here for more information and a schedule.


Knowing your risk for a heart attack is the best way to stay heart healthy. Here are two links to online risk assessments that estimate your probability of having a heart attack: