Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Available at Rush Oak Park Hospital

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coming back to a normal life after experiencing a cardiac event or procedure isn’t easy to do on your own. You need a team of experts that can guide you on the path to good health again. That’s why Rush has added a cardiac rehabilitation program to its specialized services at Rush Oak Park Hospital

The Rush Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people with cardiovascular disease lead fuller, healthier and more active lives. Patients will engage in a personalized course of exercise, education, counseling and support from highly skilled professionals, including cardiologists, nurse practitioners, exercise physiologists and respiratory therapists.

“Studies have shown that people who undergo rehabilitation after suffering a heart problem are more likely to live longer and healthier lives,” said Dr. Melissa Tracy, a cardiologist at Rush and medical director of the Rush Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. “With this program, we’re giving patients the tools and the expert care needed to reduce their chances of having another cardiac event. The goal is to lead them down the path to healthier lives by modifying and improving their lifestyle.”

As part of the program, patients who have experienced a cardiac event or have undergone a cardiac procedure will begin a personalized 12-week rehab program, meeting three times per week, to get back on the path to better health. The Rush Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides the following services:

  • Customized exercise training
  • Nutritional counseling and support
  • A plan to help reduce risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Smoking cessation counseling and support
  • Help with weight management
  • Emotional and psychological support, including treatment for anxiety or depression

“Adding a cardiac rehab program to our already dynamic specialty programs is another example of this community hospital’s continued growth,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “We’re a hospital with the medical expertise of a major medical center. The community we serve has access to health care experts for medical procedures, treatment and now a full array of the best rehabilitation services.”  

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located on the ground level of Rush Oak Park Hospital, near pulmonary rehabilitation. More information is available here.  

To make an appointment, call (708) 660-INFO (4636). 


Rush Oak Park Hospital, located near the corner of Harlem Avenue and Madison Street in Oak Park, Illinois, has been providing exceptional health care in the community for more than a century. As a clinical partner of Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital combines the convenience and personal touch of a community hospital with the technology and expertise of a major university medical center. To learn more about the hospital’s many programs or services, to find a Rush Oak Park Hospital physician, or for information on upcoming lectures and health screenings, visit the hospital’s website at or call (708) 660-INFO (4636).

Rush is an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital. The mission of Rush is to improve the health of the patients and diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.