Welcome to the Cardiac Fitness Center of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center - the only hospital-based program of its kind on Long Island.

The center is located on the park-like grounds of The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale.

Located just off Northern Boulevard, its serene setting offers plenty of convenient and accessible parking.

Our popular fitness center enjoys more than 60,000 visits a year and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Visitors are greeted by our friendly staff to make sure every exercise session feels like a welcome visit.

All of our cardiac fitness programs are medically supervised by a doctor, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, who are always on site.

Our award-winning center is equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The workout circuit includes bicycles, treadmills, weight lifting stations and an indoor walking track.

All patients are prescreened for an appropriate fitness plan to ensure all of their cardiac needs are met.

Everyone is continually monitored for their progress by our highly dedicated staff.

For more information on how you can step up to better health and how we can help, call (516) 629-2040.

Stress Management


Stress can result in a number of physical ailments. We teach relaxation techniques and how to identify stress indicators, manage anger, and stop negative thinking and worrying. Our four session program is led by a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in treating groups and individuals who have heart disease. Printed materials and a relaxation CD are provided. Returning participants are welcome.

Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • “Caretaker stress”
  • Prevention of physical disorders is encouraged

Key Treatments

The Stress Management Program is conducted as a discussion group. The following are the key components:

  • Description of Physical Process Of Stress
  • Recognizing bodily indicators
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Induction technique
  • Autogenic Exercise
  • Visualization
  • Anger Management System
  • Modification of Negative Thoughts
  • Developing Positive Thinking

Contact the Department of Stress Management

Click here for schedules, times and fees.

To contact us, call the Community Health & Education Deptartment at (516) 629-2038