The Cardiac Recovery Program

Individuals recovering from cardiac surgery or other cardiac event may benefit from a program of specialized rehabilitation to help rebuild their strengths and skills that will enable them to resume their lives with greater comfort, confidence and independence.


Kessler Institute’s Cardiac Recovery Program is designed to help individuals best manage the healing process, prepare to return home and transition to life ahead. It specifically targets the skills, strategies and techniques that help to restore physical and functional abilities, and address any medical needs.

The Kessler Team Approach

Under the direction of a cardiologist, a physiatrist (a physician specializing in medical rehabilitation) and an internist, Kessler’s interdisciplinary care team of cardiac recovery specialists creates an individualized treatment plan based on your medical, physical and functional needs, and rehabilitation goals. The plan focuses on maximizing your cardiovascular health, physical strength, independence and overall well-being.

  • Physicians
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreation therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Case managers
  • Other specialists as required

Monitoring Your Progress

Your team will establish specific cardiac parameters and will monitor you closely, particularly during exercise, rest periods and recovery after exercise. In addition, we will provide the training to help you:

  • protect your incision while dressing, grooming and bathing
  • use adaptive equipment to facilitate performing self-care activities
  • transfer safely in and out of a bath tub, shower, toilet, chair and car
  • move in and out of bed and turn properly
  • adapt to new ways of completing activities of daily living at home or at work
  • conserve energy

Education Is Key

  • Understanding heart health
  • Targeting risk factors
  • Monitoring your health
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition
  • Weight management
  • Conserving your energy
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Resuming daily activities
  • Dealing with stress
  • Modifying your lifestyle
  • Creating a safe home environment

Achieving Your Goals

Studies show that individuals who participate in a comprehensive program of medical rehabilitation – like that offered at Kessler Institute – achieve higher functional independence, experience a stronger emotional outlook and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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For more information, to arrange a tour or to discuss admission, contact

The Center for Cardiac Recovery

at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
201 Pleasant Hill Road
Chester, NJ 07930
300 Market Street
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663