Cardiac Rehabilitation

Researchers have reported that people who complete a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program increase their chances of survival and improved quality of life.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at WhidbeyHealth is a medically-supervised program with a goal of helping patients restore and maintain optimal health, while also helping to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Patients who have had any of the following procedures or conditions can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Heart attack
  • Angina pectoris
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery stent

    "I wanted to go somewhere they would take
    the time to get know me.
    We became like family."

    WhidbeyHealth Cardiac Rehab patient Laird Richmond


Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Improvement of exercise tolerance
  • Reduction of symptoms
  • Reduction of cholesterol levels
  • Reduction of cigarette smoking
  • Improvement of psycho-social well-being
  • Reduction of stress
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Weight loss over time
  • Reduction of fear and anxiety


Insurance Coverage

A physician's signature is necessary to participate in our program. Ask your physician if cardiac rehabilitation is right for you.

Medicare and many other insurance companies can cover a large portion, if not all the costs, of cardiac rehabilitation for most heart problems. Insurance benefits will be verified before patients start the program.


What to Expect

At the start of our program, our staff staff will thoroughly review your medical history, perform a physical exam and assess your physical abilities and limitations. We will also talk to you about your personal cardiac rehabilitation goals. Based on the results of this initial evaluation, we customize a safe and effective program to help you meet your individual needs and goals. 

Throughout your exercise session, our staff will monitor your blood pressure, heart rhythm and heart rate by electrocardiogram (EKG). Exercise sessions are designed to help you progress at a pace you find comfortable. 


Contact Us: To learn more or to schedule an initial evaluation, please call 360.678.7656 ext. 2130.


Cardiologists Available On Site:

One of the first steps to a healthy heart is good primary care. Providers at our primary care clinics will help you assess and improve your cardiac health.

You can see a board certified cardiologist and never have to leave Whidbey.
Dr. Sujata Agnani and Dr. Peter Sutcliffe regularly see patients at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center through our partnership with the Everett Clinic.

Echocardiography, which is a test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle, is available through our Diagnostic Imaging Department. We also perform cardiac stress tests. To schedule a cardiac stress test, please call 360.678.7607.


Life Center Services

The Life Center, located at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, provides cardiac rehab for patients recovering from a heart attack, free classes for those coping with congestive heart failure and heart health screenings to reduce the risk of cardiac complications. Please see links below.


Learn More

Chronic Heart Failure