Cardiac rehabilitation is a progressive program with the goal of helping patients restore and maintain optimal health while helping to reduce the risk of future heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation sessions offer personalized exercise prescriptions, education and lifestyle-modification programs.
As part of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the cardiac rehabilitation program's multidisciplinary team is led by physicians on the medical staff. The program also includes cardiac rehabilitation nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and fitness specialists, as well as registered dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists and chaplains.
Patients who have had any of the following procedures or conditions may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation:
- Heart attack
- Atherosclerotic heart disease
- Angina pectoris
- Abnormal stress test
- Valvular heart disease
- Pacemaker or AICD
- Heart failure
- Angioplasty or artherectomy
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Heart transplant
- Improvement of exercise tolerance
- Reduction of symptoms
- Reduction of cholesterol levels
- Reduction of cigarette smoking
- Improvement in psychosocial
- Well-being and reduction of stress
- Lowering of blood pressure
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
The cardiac rehabilitation program consists of three phases. Patients are evaluated by the cardiac rehabilitation staff and, depending on their stage of treatment, are assigned to the appropriate phase.
PHASE I — Phase I consults are provided for heart and vascular patients who are currently in the hospital. Phase I provides patients with educational materials and a consult to answer any questions about beginning outpatient Phase II Cardiac Rehab.
PHASE II — Phase II provides exercise sessions three times a week over a 12-week period with full Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. Each session is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. Education classes are also offered on a variety of topics that include: exercise, nutrition, stress management and more. Both patients and their family members are encouraged to attend. Note: Phase II is covered by most insurance plans.
PHASE III/IV — Phase III/IV is designed as a maintenance program for Phase II graduates. The program allows patients to continue with their exercise program under the supervision of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center staff. The maintenance program is also available for individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease and/or complex medical history.