Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab)

Cardiac rehabilitation at selected specialists and clinics in Switzerland - Ticino.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures. Cardiac rehab programs ensure that the patient achieves the best possible recovery of physical and functional conditions.


Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) programs provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack. It is a fundamental step in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, ensuring that the patient achieves the best possible recovery of physical and functional conditions.


The cardiac rehabilitation treats patients in the post-acute stage (stage II).


What to expect

On referral from external physicians, differential diagnosis tests are conducted (e.g., cardiopulmonary test), along with functional evaluation tests, while defining the risk stratification of the patient.

Treatment plan

Medical examination on admittance

  • Cardiologic visit
  • Basal ECG
  • Stress ECG
  • Stratification of cardiovascular risk

Treatment with 36 sessions of movement therapy

  • Cardiovascular training sessions monitored at treadmill
  • Cardiovascular training sessions monitored at cycloergometer
  • Articular mobilisation and stretching
  • Breathing exercises
  • Relaxation and autogenous training
  • Outdoor walks

20 hours focused on educational meetings

  • Nutrition
  • Correction of risk factors
  • Stress management – Cardiopathies and physical activity
  • Management of medicines
  • In-depth analysis of diagnostic methods
  • Practical advice
  • Management of emergency situations

Final medical examination

  • Basal ECG
  • Stress ECG
  • Ergospirometry (cardiopulmonary test)
  • Stratification of cardiovascular risk
  • Report forwarded to patient's doctor

Ward instrumentation

  • Ergospirometer for cardiopulmonary test CMS system for monitoring on work stations
  • Equipment to measure resting ECG
  • Equipment for stress test with cycle and ergonomic belt
  • Holter 24-h ECG recorder
  • 24-h arterial pressure recording device
  • Equipment for indirect assessment of cardiac output (Innocor)
  • Equipment for stimulating diaphragmatic respiratory gymnastics (Spiro-Tiger)
  • Cardiofrequencymeters
  • Therapeutic station with 4 cicloergometers with monitor
  • 4 treadmills
  • 4 further stations for cardiovascular therapy
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