Cardiac Rehabilitation



Pictured Above: Dr. Christopher Haas, Board-Certified Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Rehab program, is shown with the programs first patient. Also pictured are Abby Brakeall, Exercise Physiologist, and Barb Tice, RN.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is the last piece to a healthy heart. The program is ideal for those who have had a heart attack in the last 12 months, or have undergone other cardiac surgery. The program at WMHS is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Haas, a board-certified cardiologist.

What is Cardiac Rehab? 

Cardiac Rehab is not just an exercise program. It is is a medically supervised program that helps to improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. The Cardiac Rehab program at WMHS includes everything you need to get and stay healthy through supervised physical activity, a heart healthy diet, and tools to improve your overall health and quality of life.

The nine main components of the program are:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Management
  • Blood Pressure Management
  • Lipid Management
  • Diabetes Management
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Psychosocial Management
  • Physical Activity Counseling

Who benefits from the program?

"Rehab” is for patients who are getting better after heart problems or surgery. The program is recommended for patients who have had a heart attack within the last 12 months, have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement, angioplasty or coronary stenting or heart/heart-lung transplant or have stable angina. Before beginning patients must have a low level stress test.

What are the benefits?
• Improved ability to carry out activities of daily living
• Reduced your heart disease risk factors
• Improved quality of life
• Improved outlook and emotional stability
• Increased knowledge of your disease and how to manage it.

How long is the program?

The Cardiac Rehab program lasts for 12 weeks, with three exercise sessions per week.  Sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

How do I enroll?

Call our Cardiology Department at 240-964-1550 to let us know that you are interested in participating or talk with your physician. This program is often covered by insurance. We will be happy to check with your carrier to see if you qualify for coverage. 

Cardiac Rehab at WMHS
12500 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 240-964-1550

WMHS Cardiac Rehab Program Certified by AACVPR (Click HERE for story)

Pictured (from left) are members of the cardiac rehab team: Lisa Adams, Abby Brakeall, Dr. Haas, Diane Wright, and Keri DiNicola.

The Western Maryland Health System is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).   WMHS was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

"This certification demonstrates that the highest level of cardiac rehab services is available in our community,” explains Karen Stair, Director of Cardiovascular Services at WMHS.  "Cardiologist Christopher Haas, D.O., and the cardiac rehab team are dedicated to providing patients with the tools they need to get healthy and stay healthy.”

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people who have had a heart attack or coronary artery bypass graft surgery recover faster, improve their quality of life, and prevent future heart attacks.  The cardiac rehab program at WMHS includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The WMHS Cardiac Rehab program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices.  AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the AACVPR and other professional societies.  The AACVPR Program Certification Committee reviews each program, and the AACVPR Board of Directors awards certification, which is valid for three years.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiac rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.