Cardiac Rehabilitation

UP Health System - Marquette offers medically supervised programs focusing on education, prevention, exercise, stress reduction, weight management, and emotional support to help patients minimize the effects of heart disease and reduce the risk of heart problems. Treatment can begin in the hospital following a heart event, or after discharge. After completing the program, 95% of patients are eligible to return to work. Each year, more and more achieve their heart-healthy objectives through these cardiac rehabilitation programs.


  • Fitness program to strengthen heart health
  • Nutrition counseling, including monthly meetings and one-on-one consultations
  • Psychological counseling
  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Diabetes education
  • Support groups

Strengthen Your Heart & Improve Quality of Life

Our cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to support your individual journey to a healthier heart. If you're worried about your risk for heart disease, or you are recovering from a heart event, our staff is ready to support you. We offer a welcoming, supportive environment and an individualized approach to nutrition and exercise tailored to your lifestyle.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

If you have heart disease, are recovering from heart surgery, or recently experienced a heart event — such as a heart attack — our experienced staff provide a one-on-one, guided path to help you nurture heart-healthy lifestyle changes, reducing risk for future heart events.

  • Motivation through a fun atmosphere, music, staff, and group support
  • Individualized exercise program to build cardiovascular endurance and strengthen muscles
  • Cholesterol and nutrition tips and tools, plus oe-on-one consultation with a dietitian
  • Group and individual discussions regarding heart disease, nutrition, and stress management — all tailored to your lifestyle
  • Telemetry and blood pressure monitoring in each session
  • Progress reports to primary care provider
  • 12 - 36 week program (2-3 sessions per week)

Phase I begins in the hospital. If you are hospitalized due to heart disease or a heart event, such as a heart attack, our staff will begin working with you in the hospital. Patients receive education on risk factors related to heart disease and lifestyle improvements involving exercise and nutrition.

Phase II continues the program in an outpatient setting.

This program is designed for those who have heart disease, or have recently had: stable angina, angioplasty. stenting, valve replacement, Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG). myocardial Infarction (heart attack), heart transplant, congestive heart failure, or peripheral artery disease.

Clinical Fitness Program

If you'd like to decrease your risk of developing or worsening heart disease, this program is designed with you in mind. Our experienced staff provide ongoing support and health monitoring to improve your long-term heart health.

  • Fun, welcoming atmosphere
  • Telemetry and blood pressure monitoring during each session
  • Individualized exercise program to build cardiovascular endurance and strengthen muscles
  • Cholesterol and nutrition tips and tools, plus healthy recipes
  • Promotes long-term, heart-healthy lifestyle changes
  • Reduces risk factors for heart disease
  • 1 - 5 sessions per week, depending on individual needs

This program is available to those who are at risk for heart disease, or have: diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low exercise tolerance, obesity, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many individuals who complete both the inpatient and outpatient phases of the Cardiac Rehab program continue their progress through the Clinical Fitness program.

Making Heart Health a Priority

Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.

Your Cardiac Rehab Staff

Our staff is dedicated to helping you improve lifestyle habits to reduce risk factors for heart disease. Our experienced exercise physiologists, specialized nurses, and licensed dietitians — with oversight from UP Health System - Marquette's Heart and Vascular cardiologists — will guide you on your journey and monitor your progress.

Lawrence Bergwall
Manager, Exercise Physiologist

Emily DeSchepper
MS, Exercise Physiologist       

Lisa Studnicka

MS, Exercise Physiologist

To learn more, or to register for a Cardiac Rehab program, call 906.449.4431. Patients can be referred to the program by a primary care provider.