UAB Medicine

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program for people who have either a congenital (present at birth) or acquired heart disease. The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department provides outpatient services to patients recovering from heart and lung diseases. Patient services include supervised exercise sessions, education, and encouragement in meeting the challenges of having heart or lung diseases. A physician referral is required. Services are physician directed and provided by a team of health professionals including registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists, health educators, and respiratory therapists.

What conditions can benefit from cardiopulmonary rehabilitation?
Some of the conditions or procedures that may benefit from cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Myocardial infarction
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angina
  • Angioplasty, stent placements, etc.
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac transplant
  • Other cardiac surgery

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis/interstitial lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung surgery; lung transplant

Admission Criteria:
Patients with a definitive diagnosis of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease or other cardiac or pulmonary conditions requiring close monitoring of exercise and risk reduction therapy. A physician referral is required prior to enrollment in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Spain Rehabilitation Center, 4th floor
1717 Sixth Ave S.
Birmingham AL 35233

Hours of Operation
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Contact the office at 205-975-5400.

Ground-level parking is available in front of the building and parking decks are available within two blocks. The center is connected by above-street crossways to UAB Hospital.

Insurance Reimbursement

Payment for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services depends on individual medical insurance policy. The staff will verify insurance coverage prior to program enrollment. If insurance coverage is not available, patients may participate through self-pay.