Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitationpicture of a heart with stethoscope

Cardiac Rehab is a comprehensive exercise program designed specifically for patients with heart conditions to maximize physical function and improve quality of life. The main goal of cardiac rehab is to improve physical and emotional health, as well as heart function, following:

  • Heart attack
  • Bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Heart transplantation, or for those patients with angina (chest pain)
  • Congestive heart failure (selective patients)

About this Service

Cardiac Rehabilitation lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 months depending on your specific heart condition. After completing rehab, Veterans have a better understanding of their exercise capabilities along with the knowledge to remain physically active to achieve the best possible quality of life.

To receive Cardiac Rehab services through the Madison VA you will need to have either your Primary Care Doctor or a Cardiologist refer you to Physical Therapy.

Pulmonary RehabilitationImage of lungs. 

Pulmonary Rehab typically involves 2 to 4 months of exercise training, monitoring and education designed to improve strength and endurance to help you manage and lessen exacerbations (worsening) of lung disease.

About this Service

The rehabilitation is specific to your lung disease and goals.  Rehabilitation will not improve your lung function.  Pulmonary rehab is meant to improve muscle strength and endurance and minimize the effects of inactivity to your body. Examples of lung diseases that benefit from Pulmonary Rehab are:

  • COPD
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Alpha-1
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Surgical procedures that require pulmonary rehabilitation include lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation.

To receive Pulmonary Rehab services through the Madison VA you will need to have your Primary Care Doctor or a Pulmonologist refer you to Physical Therapy.

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Contact Info


  • Second Floor B2
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
    2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705

Contact Number(s)

  • 608-280-7036
  • 888-478-8321 Ext. 17036

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30am-4:00pm
    Monday-Friday By Appointment