Cardiac Fitness Program | Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a visit?

At each visit, patients do various types of exercises and learn about making healthy lifestyle choices. During the visit, patients will meet one-on-one with a clinical exercise physiologist to work on cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength and flexibility exercises. The exercise physiologist will also explain the principles of fitness training and help patient develop a home exercise plan.

Patients also meet with a nutritionist to get information about a healthy diet. If the patient has any psychosocial needs, we can make a referral to our psychologist.

Every thirty days, the team meets to assesses the patient’s progress and develop renewed goals.

A girl with weights in a Cardiac Fitness Program room at Boston Children's Hospital

How long does the program last?

We see each patient twice a week for one-on-one 60-minute sessions. The program generally lasts for 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the needs of the patient.

What types of patients do you see in the program?

We see both children and adults with any type of congenital heart condition or pediatric-acquired heart disease.

Where is the program held?

Our main location is in the exercise lab in the Cardiology Clinic at Boston Children’s at Waltham. We also see patients in the exercise lab at Boston Children’s Longwood campus.