Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program designed to help improve your overall health by identifying and reducing the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease.

The program promotes optimal lifestyle changes and medical management to:

  • Prevent the occurrence and/or progression of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke
  • Reduce the need for future surgery
  • Enhance your quality of life by reducing symptoms

How will cardiac rehab help?

As a participant in the cardiac rehab program, you will work with an exercise physiologist or registered nurse who will help you meet your personal goals.

The goals of cardiac rehab are to:

  • Increase your understanding about your condition and treatment
  • Help you make the right lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke and reduce the need for future surgery
  • Increase your ability to perform your job and your daily or recreational activities
  • Provide you and your family with the support and motivation you need to make important lifestyle changes

Who can benefit from cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehab programs benefit patients who have:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • Interventional procedures such as balloon angioplasty, PTCA, atherectomy, rotoblation or stent placement
  • Angina
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart failure
  • Other heart or vascular disorders
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Heart transplant

Phases of Cardiac Rehab

Phase I

Phase I occurs during your hospital stay.  A cardiac rehab specialist will visit with you and you will receive information about the recovery process and learn how to reduce your future risk of cardiovascular disease.

Phase II

Soon after you are discharged from the hospital, you can enter the outpatient Phase II Cardiac Rehab program. Once your doctor has provided a referral, the rehab team can help you get started in the program.

Your first visit will include an exercise evaluation for safety, a discussion about exercise guidelines, a review of your medical history and an evaluation of your cardiovascular disease risk factors as well as the accumulation of information regarding your current lifestyle and quality of life.

We will develop a plan with you and your family that is tailored to your personal needs, abilities and interests.

Patient education classes are provided twice a week along with individual education to help you achieve your personal goals. Detailed nutrition counseling is also available with our registered dietician.

The program will support the ongoing care provided by your referring doctor. We will track your progress throughout your participation in the program and report this information to your referring doctor.

Cardiac rehab activity classes are offered at Scott & White. All sessions are medically supervised and directed by a nationally-certified rehabilitation specialist along with exercise physiologists and registered nurses. State-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a variety of exercise equipment are available for your safety and convenience. You will be closely monitored and your program will be adjusted on an individual basis daily.


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