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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our cardiac rehabilitation program, through the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Health, 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 to get you as heart healthy as possible.

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.


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

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


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

The exercise program includes:

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

How Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help Me?

Cardiac rehab helps you:

  • Better engage in daily activities
  • Improve your heart health
  • Lower your risk of future cardiovascular disease
  • Lower risk factors
  • Prevent future cardiac surgeries

Our cardiac rehabilitation staff works with heart patients to design programs to meet their unique needs and goals.

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Cardiologists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered dietitians 
  • Registered nurses

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

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 for up to 12 weeks.

Our center includes state of the art equipment, including:

  • Recumbent steppers
  • Stationary bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Weight lifting modalities

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

  1. Robert B. Green Campus
    903 W. Martin Street
    San Antonio,TX 78207
  1. Aaron Abarbanell, MD
    Thoracic Surgery
  2. Ahmed Almomani, MD
    Cardiology Interventional Cardiology
  3. Ildiko Agoston, MD
    Cardiology Nuclear Cardiology