Waverly Health Center

Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you have heart problems, cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) may help improve your health and quality of life.


What is cardiac rehab?

WHC’s cardiac rehab is a personalized, supervised program following discharge from the hospital. The program helps participants understand their diagnosis and treatment, and to safely return to daily activities.

Cardiac rehab helps people with heart disease improve their health and quality of life. Its purpose is to improve cardiovascular health through:

  • Education
  • Emotional support
  • Exercise
  • Increased flexibility
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Reinforcement of healthy lifestyle changes

During the sessions, heart rhythm, heart rate and blood pressures are monitored. Any symptoms are recorded and managed.

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Cardiac rehab staff (l-r):  Michelle Litterer, BA, RN | Rebecca Carpenter, BSN, RN | Nikki Knoblock, BSN, RN

Cardiac rehab is a safe and effective way to help you:

  • Communicate with your provider
  • Feel better faster and return to important activities
  • Incorporate regular exercise into your day
  • Increase overall strength and endurance
  • Manage stress, blood pressure and other risk factors
  • Reduce risks of future heart problems
  • Set appropriate goals

Who is eligible or can benefit from cardiac rehab?

  • Angioplasty (balloon catheter)
  • Bypass or open heart surgery
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Stable chest pain (angina)
  • Stent placement
  • Supervised Exercise Training (SET) for peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Why should I consider WHC’s cardiac rehab program?

WHC is close to where you work and live. Our program has received national certification through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The program meets the essential standards of care.

Cardiac rehab is effective:

“Individuals who attend 36 sessions have a 47% lower risk of death and a 31% lower risk of heart attack, than those who attend only one session.”
Source:  millionhearts.hhs.gov

Become a Patient

You must have a referral from your provider to participate. Medicare, Medicaid, and most medical insurance carriers will cover provider-ordered cardiac rehab. Please verify with your insurance company that your test or treatment is a covered benefit.

Contact Us
Phone:  (319) 352-4985
Fax:  (319) 483-4082
Manager:  Levi Bridges, BAN, RN

Find Us
312 9th Street SW
Waverly, Iowa 50677

Please park in the green parking lot and enter through the green entrance.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.