Cardiac Rehabilitation

St. Tammany Parish Hospital 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 Parish Hospital 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 we evaluate their blood pressure. This phase typically lasts three sessions per week for 12 weeks and requires a physician’s order and may be covered by insurance. You should confirm coverage with your own plan.


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. Classes focus on the following topics: introduction to cardiac anatomy, healthy nutrition, cardiac risk factors, pharmacology and the benefits of exercise.

The free classes are held once a month at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion in Conference Room 2, and the schedule can be found by clicking here


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: