Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides a wide range of comprehensive services to cardiac, coronary artery, bypass, post-heart attack and pulmonary patients. Designed to support the physical, emotional and social needs of the patient and family, the program offers a continuum of care to patients in Northern Arizona. Patients receive a specialized plan of care developed by our specialty trained team which includes:

  • Physicians
  • Specialty-trained Registered Nurses
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Patient Care Technicians
  • Dietitians

Four-phase Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The program offers four levels of cardiac and pulmonary fitness and rehabilitation. A physician is on-site at the medical center during exercise sessions. The programs adhere to guidelines of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Phase I - Cardiac/Pulmonary:

  • Focuses on patients who are in the hospital.
  • Provides comprehensive education regarding the patient’s disease, medications, procedures and care issues.
  • Provides physical activity as prescribed by physician.

Phase II - Cardiac:

  • Designed for cardiac patients who have had a heart attack, coronary bypass, valve surgery or stent placement within the last year or who have stable angina.
  • Requires stress test by referring physician or from facility of their choice.
  • Initial evaluation is performed by registered nurse and exercise physiologist.
  • Patients are monitored the entire session including vital signs, heart rhythm and oxygen saturations. 
  • Education, individualized for the patient’s needs, includes relaxation and stress management techniques, nutrition and medication instruction. An individualized exercise program is planned.
  • Up to 36 sessions at 50 minutes each.

Phase II - Pulmonary:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation is offered as a monitored exercise program for those patients with emphysema and chronic bronchitis.The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to assist the patient in coping with their disease and improving the quality of life.
  • Respiratory therapists and nurses provide one-on-one education on home equipment, oxygen use and proper breathing techniques.
  • Initial evaluation includes a six-minute walking test.
  • Each session is 50 minutes of monitored exercise,
  • Individualized exercise program is planned. Patients may be instructed in pursed lip breathing, diaphragmatic breathing techniques, chest percussion and postural drainage.

Phase III - Cardiac/Pulmonary:

  • Designed for patients who have completed Phase II and want to continue exercise in a group setting.
  • This maintenance program is for the more independent patient; a cardiac monitor is used as needed.
  • Vital signs and pulse oximetry are checked.
  • Usually not covered by insurance (patients are self-pay).

Phase IV - Cardiac/Pulmonary:

  • Designed for patients who have completed Phase III without any complications or hospitalization for three months.
  • This maintenance program is for the more independent patient.
  • Vital signs and pulse oximetry are checked.
  • This phase is not covered by insurance (patients are self-pay).


The Flagstaff chapter of Mended Hearts is sponsored by FMC and meets from 10 a.m. - noon, the third Saturday of each month in FMC’s Cardiac Rehab Gym (located across from the Dining Room on East Campus). 

Patients meet to discuss the challenges of dealing with chronic cardiac and pulmonary diseases. This informal setting provides peer socialization as well as a support network for participants and family members.

Contact Us

To reach Cardiac Rehab, call 928 773-2224, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
In case of an emergency, call 911.