Services: Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab can help you recover faster from a cardiac event and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps people who have heart disease or have experienced a cardiac event by providing Phase II and Phase III cardiac rehab programs.

We provide a versatile approach that includes monitored exercise, nutritional and lifestyle education, and support. The Cardiac Rehab facility is fully equipped with a wide variety of cardio and strength-training equipment to meet the needs of our patients.

Regular exercise can help you live longer and lessen your chance of having a heart attack or experiencing another cardiac event. Exercise can also improve your stamina and strength, which helps you get back to your usual activities including work, hobbies and regular exercise after a cardiac event.

Our caregivers

Following a cardiac event or a diagnosis of heart disease, it’s common to feel nervous about exercising. Our clinical exercise physiologists and registered nurses medically supervise the cardiac rehab programs and will guide you in exercising at a level appropriate for your heart.

All caregivers working with cardiac rehab participants are trained and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Physician medical direction is provided by the CMH/OHSU Cardiology Clinic.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab

The Phase II program focuses on individualized exercise programs, exercise progression, goal setting and tracking, healthy lifestyle and behavior change education. The Phase II program requires a physician referral and is generally covered by medical insurance.

You qualify for Phase II if you are recovering from:

  • Recent heart attack (within the last 12 months)
  • Coronary bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Stable angina
  • Coronary angioplasty with or without cardiac stent placement
  • Heart or heart/lung transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)

Our approach: Multidisciplinary and progressive


A customized exercise regimen and treatment plan will be developed based on an initial consultation with the exercise specialists and cardiac nurse. Exercise is medically supervised by skilled exercise physiologists that specialize in cardiac care. Phase II patients are continuously monitored during every session with state-of-the-art ECG telemetry. Exercise sessions typically last 1 to 1-1/2 hours and are done three times a week for 12 weeks.


We actively promote healthy lifestyle and behavior change through education sessions provided as a part of the program. Guidance regarding exercise and balanced nutrition helps participants lose weight and make healthier food choices. Topics include:

  • Reading food labels and portion control
  • Reducing intake of fat, sodium and cholesterol
  • The benefits of regular exercise
  • Beginning a home exercise program
  • Handling stress and emotions
  • Managing hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Managing diabetes
  • Quitting smoking


Adjusting and recovering from a serious health problem often takes time and support. Participants in cardiac rehab receive vital support from others who are going through the same experiences, as well as encouragement from CMH caregivers, family and friends. Emotional support is an essential component in successfully managing your cardiovascular disease. Cardiac rehab will help you rebuild your life physically, mentally and emotionally.

Phase III Cardiac Rehab

Phase III cardiac rehab is a self-pay, independent exercise program that is medically supervised by the cardiac rehab team. The Phase III program focuses on individualized exercise programs and goal setting. Patients who qualify for Phase III include anyone diagnosed with cardiovascular risk factors including but not limited to hypertension (high blood pressure) and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). Participants who complete Phase II are encouraged to continue with the Phase III program.

Getting started

A physician referral is required for admission to the cardiac rehab program. Please contact your primary care physician or cardiologist for referral. Please call 503-338-4052 with any questions about participation or the referral process.


We are conveniently located in the Professional Office Building 1 of Columbia Memorial Hospital.

2055 Exchange St., Suite 170

Astoria, OR 97103

Phone: 503-338-4052

Fax: 503-338-4053

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