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Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation

Campus Recreation & Wellness

Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation is a collaboration with the Aiken Regional Medical Center and USC Aiken.  This program is a referral based program for individuals that have had a heart event.

A referral from your Cardiologist is necessary to start the paperwork to enter the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ms. Holly Guy at 803.641.3734.

About the Program

Participants receive a medical evaluation when they enter the program. Exercise physiologists, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals then design a personalized rehabilitation regimen designed to meet each participant’s unique needs, abilities and medical issues.

Each program combines medically supervised exercise and in-depth educational sessions to help manage the participant’s condition through appropriate exercise and life-style modification. Professional staff and an onsite physician monitor the exercise classes, assessing ECGs, heart rate and blood pressure. The exercise program introduces participants to safe exercises, including strength training. You will learn how to evaluate the intensity and type of activity that’s right for you.

Education classes are offered to participants – and their family members – to teach them about understanding heart disease, its risk factors and how to manage them. The sessions cover factors such as diet, exercise and stress management.

If you smoke, you may be offered information on ways to help you stop. Support and training to help the participant return to work or normal activities are also provided.

All exercise and education sessions in the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program take place at the Wellness Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Participants hospitalized due to heart disease are often referred to an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program as part of their recovery. Our outpatient program is designed to increase strength and endurance and decrease risk factors associated with heart events and conditions.

We provide the personalized attention and support necessary to get the participant back into a normal daily routine.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Any person recovering from a recent heart event could benefit from cardiac rehab. This may include those who have had a heart attack, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, stents, stable angina, cardiac transplant or heart failure.

Goals of the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program include:

  • Improving heart health through exercise and education on risk factor reduction
  • Decreasing the risk of another cardiovascular event
  • Returning the participant to desired work and/or personal interest activities
  • Maintaining a heart-healthy weight•
  • Improving self-confidence

If you are interested in participating in the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, discuss it with your physician. You may also contact Holly Guy, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator, at the USC Aiken Wellness Center, 803-641-3734.

What’s Involved?

The Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to meet your individual needs and typically lasts for 12 weeks or 36 sessions. After your initial assessment, you will be scheduled to return for your cardiac rehab sessions three times per week. Exercise sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Education sessions are typically held on Wednesday.

Classes Include Education on :

  • The Heart
  • Heart Treatments
  • Behavior Change
  • Stress Management
  • Label Reading
  • Weight Management
  • MedicationsExercise
  • Risk Factors
  • Dining Out
  • Lipids

Program Facts

The state of South Carolina certified the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 1994. The program follows national guidelines that help ensure participants receive quality care.

More than 3,000 participants have successfully completed the program. The program, jointly operated by Aiken Regional Medical Centers and University of South Carolina–Aiken, is located at the USCA Wellness Center.

Maintenance Programs

After graduating from the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Wellness Program at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Aiken Regional’s Senior Wellness Program is a special health and wellness program for adults age 50 and over. This FREE membership program includes seminars and activities, a discount program at over 100 participating providers, and a senior wellness newsletter with resources and information to help you live healthier, longer and happier.

For more information, or to join the Senior Wellness Program at Aiken Regional, please call 1-800-882-7445 or 803-641-5926 for your free enrollment form. You can also visit our website: to register online.

Additional Information

Insurance Coverage

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. However, coverage may vary depending on diagnosis and insurance provider.

Insurance coverage is verified before participants enter the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Any portion that may not be covered by your insurance will be determined and discussed with you prior to your start date.

A physician order is required to participate in the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Mended Hearts

The Mended Hearts organization is made up of volunteers who have experienced heart issues. The volunteers participate in the Aiken Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, sharing their experiences and offering support and encouragement.