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Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CROP/PROP)

Leaving the hospital is just the first step in recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty.  Heart patients often need to strengthen weakened heart muscles and learn heart-healthy practices. Fort Sanders Regional’s  complete Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (CROP) combines education, exercise, counseling, and more to help heart patients regain their functional capacity and reduce the possibility of future heart problems. 

FSRMC’s Cardiac Rehab is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and serves as a tool for cardiac patients to better their overall health.

 Upon arriving at CROP, patients are thoroughly evaluated based on individual knowledge, needs, and preferences. An exercise physiologist assesses each patient’s abilities and creates a personal fitness program to meet their cardiac goals. . During each activity, each patient is supervised by a heart monitor. As a patient’s heart grows stronger, their exercise regimen is adjusted for maximum benefit. The educational component of cardiac rehab involves classes on healthy eating and risk factors for heart and pulmonary diseases.


Location:     Fort Sanders Professional Building 
                        501 20th Street, Suite 100               
                        Knoxville, TN 37916 

Hours:          Monday 7am – 5pm
                       Tuesday 8am – 3pm
                       Wednesday 7am – 5pm
                       Thursday 7am – 3pm
                       Friday 7am – 4pm

                      *Closed every day from 12-1pm

A physician referral is required to access these services.  For more information about the Fort Sanders Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program, please call (865) 331-1250.

Patient Stories

  • Hooked On Heart Health

    Jeff Sharpe’s “big one” wasn’t a fish – it was a heart attack that left him unresponsive for more than four minutes. It took two shocks from the paddles, four stents and FSRMC’s 12-week, 36-session cardiac rehab program to set him on a new path to healthy living.

  • Zippers, Valves & Stents, Oh My!

    For some, FSRMC’s cardiac rehab program is a “second home” of sorts – a club for anyone recovering from a heart procedure or managing a heart condition of any type.

  • Trail Partners

    FSRMC cardiac rehab prepares hiker for happy trails after heart attack

  • Heart to Heart: Transplant Recipient Grows Stronger in Cardiac Rehab

    Heart transplant recipient Maurice McAllister grows stronger in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (CROP) at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

  • Shipshape Again: Cardiopulmonary rehab breathes new life into COPD patient

    After completing cardiopulmonary rehab, COPD patient Jim Tomlinson and his wife celebrated their 50th anniversary on an Alaskan cruise with 70 other COPD shipmates.

  • Bonus Years

    PR exec believes cardiac rehab extends life