Cardiac Rehabilitation

CHH Cardiac Rehabilitation
780 Litchfield Street
Torrington, CT

Winsted Health Center
115 Spencer Street,
Winsted , CT

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program is a comprehensive program of exercise, education and support that helps patients make important lifestyle changes, improve their quality of life, and help them and their family learn to live without worry about cardiac disease. The cardiac rehabilitation program is designed for people who are at high risk for coronary artery disease, have had a heart attack, coronary artery by-pass surgery, angioplasty, stent, valve repair/replacement or other forms of heart disease.

The CHH Cardiac Rehabilitation team has extensive expertise in cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac risk factor modification and includes cardiologists, cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, registered dietitians, social workers and pharmacists. National certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation sets CHH’s cardiac rehabilitation center apart from many other cardiac rehabilitation programs in Connecticut.

CHH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides the highest quality of rehabilitative care available, from exercise programs to smoking cessation strategies and cholesterol management. Supervised programs are offered in outpatient conditioning, cardiovascular fitness. There are also education and support groups available at the Hospital and at The Hungerford Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers in Torrington and Winsted.

A Four Step Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Medical Evaluation

The initial and ongoing medical evaluation conducted by the cardiac rehab team at the cardiac rehabilitation center assesses their patients’ physical abilities, medical limitations and other conditions they may have, and monitors their progress over time. The cardiac rehabilitation team at our rehabilitation center continuously examines a patient’s risk factors for heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure. This ensures that each patient has a tailored cardiac rehabilitation program taking into regard his/her individual condition.


The CHH Cardiac Rehabilitation program is a state-of-the art facility with exercise equipment that has few peers in Connecticut. Patients at our cardiac rehabilitation center receive individual attention from CHH nurses, exercise physiologists and physical therapists while they work out. The rehabilitation nurses have a cardiology specialization and can identify silent subtle symptoms that sometimes don’t look right and can immediately call in a cardiologist. Patients are also electronically monitored through cardiac monitors worn throughout their workout. The cardiac status of all patients is continuously monitored for patient safety and maximum effectiveness of the workout.

Lifestyle Education and Management

At CHH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, lifestyle education and management are considered to be as important a component as exercise in a successful recovery. Increasing a patient’s knowledge about their heart disease and how to manage it through our cardiac rehabilitation programs is an important objective.The rehabilitation staff works closely with patients on making the lifestyle changes necessary for full heart health and an active daily life. This includes stress management, weight management, diet and nutrition, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking cessation. The staff also teaches patients about their about your medications.

Patient Support

The CHH Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers support groups at our cardiac rehabilitation center where patients can share their anxieties and concerns with others. Emotional support is an important part of recovery. The social interaction which a support group provides at rehabilitation centers lends important encouragement and reinforcement to the person living with heart disease and their family members. CHH support groups offer patients in cardiac rehabilitation the opportunity to meet others who are confronting the same issues and to learn from their experiences of others. Professional counseling by CHH social workers at CHH’s cardiac rehabilitation programs is available to help cardiac rehabilitation patients cope with depression, stress and other feelings that they need assistance.