Cardiac, Pulmonary and Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation

Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, our rehabilitation programs are committed to improving lives through medically supervised exercise, lifestyle changes and group support. Participants benefit from the guidance of certified nurses and exercise physiologists and access to Galter LifeCenter, a part of Swedish Hospital and Chicago’s only certified medical fitness center.

Cardiac Rehabilitation 

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to restore your wellbeing after certain heart disease treatments, including angioplasty and open-heart surgery. Using a team approach, nurses and exercise physiologists develop a personalized plan for each patient.  


Pulmonary Rehabilitation 

The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to maximize your level of functioning and help you avoid complications. Through a pulmonary function test, a diagnosis of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other chronic respiratory illnesses may qualify you for pulmonary rehabilitation. Using a team approach, nurses and exercise physiologists develop a personalized plan for each patient.  


Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Rehabilitation 

The goal of peripheral artery disease rehabilitation is to help patients experiencing fatigue, discomfort, cramping or pain in the leg muscles while walking increase their exercise capacity and quality of life while reducing mortality rates and cardiovascular risk factors. Using a team approach, nurses and exercise physiologists develop a personalized plan for each patient. 


Benefits of These Programs 

  • Medical Fitness Center: Galter LifeCenter offers convenience, comfort and easy access to over 150 cardio and strength training machines. 
  • Scheduling Options: Making it easy for you to stay on track.
  • Extra Support: From nutritionists, diabetes educators and exercise psychologists based on your unique needs.
After completing your program, you may continue exercising at Galter LifeCenter for a small fee. Under our maintenance program, participants benefit from supervised exercise in small groups. In fact, some patients have participated in this program for nearly 30 years. 

Getting Started

Check with your physician and insurance provider to see if you qualify and to obtain a doctor's order before scheduling an orientation appointment by calling 773-878-6888

For more information, please call the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 773-878-8200, ext. 7321.  



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