Cardiac Rehabilitation


Strengthen your heart after cardiac surgery, a heart attack or another heart condition by taking advantage of cardiac rehabilitation in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, through Ballad Health. You’ll benefit from supervised exercise, health education, peer support and one-on-one counseling that provide the tools you need to enjoy a full, satisfying life.

What Happens During Rehabilitation?

Expect cardiac rehabilitation to start during your hospital stay. You’ll learn about your condition and hear how to reduce your risk of future heart problems.

After you leave the hospital or get a doctor’s order, you’ll begin an exercise program designed just for you. You’ll complete about 36 sessions of physical activity with your peers in a group setting where medical professionals watch your heart rate and blood pressure to help you stay safe. You’ll also receive information on healthy living.

Team Support

Get well-rounded care from a team of compassionate Ballad Health experts, including nurses, doctors, exercise specialists, pharmacists, psychologists and dietitians. Turn to them for support and answers to your questions about keeping fit, eating healthfully, taking medications, staying motivated and improving your mood.

Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab

Give yourself the best foundation for long-term heart health when you sign up for Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab – a program that includes 36 supervised exercise sessions and 36 educational classes – at welcoming new centers in Bristol and Kingsport.

Research shows the Pritikin program can help people like you need fewer medications, reduce high cholesterol and relieve some health conditionsin in only a few weeks after starting rehabilitation.

Fun, Interactive Education

Bring a loved one to educational sessions on topics such as:

  • Cooking tasty, healthy, affordable meals
  • Eating healthy in restaurants
  • Improving relationships
  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • Losing weight using science-based strategies
  • Managing stress
  • Quitting smoking
  • Shopping wisely at the grocery store

Ask for a Referral

Ask your heart doctor to refer you to this program in Bristol and Kingsport at The Bill Gatton Center for Advanced Cardiac Rehab – the only Pritikin sites in our region.

Certification Means High-Quality Care

Choose a Ballad Health cardiac rehabilitation program at one of these locations certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation:

Our certifications mean you can trust us to provide qualified staff who tend to both your physical and mental well-being, and follow strict guidelines to ensure your safety.

Insurance Coverage

Most health insurance plans cover cardiac rehabilitation. Call your insurance provider to check your coverage.