Outpatient Cardiac Rehab

Our cardiac rehabilitation program, through the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Health System, is designed to help individuals with cardiovascular disease actively participate in their own healing and recovery.

Through education, exercise and risk factor changes, our cardiac rehab professionals work with you, step-by-step to get you as heart healthy as possible and improve the quality of your life.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Our cardiac rehab program consists of three key components:

Risk factor changes

Our staff regularly monitors medications and risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, and works with patients and their doctors to lower their risk of recurrent heart problems as much as possible.

Education

Our education classes cover a variety of topics related to heart disease such as:

  • Understanding heart disease
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes management
  • Stress management
  • Tobacco cessation
  • High blood pressure
  • Exercise / Obesity
  • Medications
  • Nutrition

Exercise

A custom exercise program is created based on each patient's individualized goals. The exercise program includes:

  • Continuous ECG monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Exercise prescription
  • Gradual increase in activity level
  • Peer support

How Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help Me?

Cardiac rehab helps you improve your heart health, lower your risk of future cardiovascular disease, lower risk factors, prevent future cardiac surgeries, and helps you to better engage in daily activities.

Our cardiac rehabilitation staff works with heart patients to design programs to meet their unique needs and goals. Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiologists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, registered dietitians and pharmacists.

Our specialists motivate and encourage patients to achieve their highest level of cardiac fitness. We track progress and show you how to continue to incorporate new habits and routines to reduce your risk for heart disease.

Eligible Participants Include Those Who Have Had:

  • A recent heart attack
  • Recent bypass surgery
  • Stable angina
  • Recent valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary angioplasty or/stent
  • A heart transplant
  • Heart failure

A Referral is Needed for Our Cardiac Rehab Program

A physician referral is required to participate in our outpatient cardiac rehab program. Patients can choose from sessions that work best for their schedules. Sessions are three days-per-week up to 12 weeks.

Cardiac rehab is held at the Robert B. Green Campus on the second floor. Ourcenter includes state of the art equipment, including: treadmills, stationary bikes, recumbent steppers and weight lifting modalities.

Talk to your cardiologist and ask if you would benefit from a referral to our comprehensive rehab program.