Cardiac rehabilitation is a progressive program with a goal of helping patients restore and maintain optimal health while helping to reduce the risk of future heart problems. Rehabilitation sessions at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth offer personalized exercise prescriptions, education and lifestyle-modification programs.

Patients who have had any of the following procedures or conditions can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Heart attack
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
  • Angina pectoris
  • Abnormal stress test
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Pacemaker or AICD
  • Heart failure
  • Angioplasty or atherectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy

Benefits include:

  • 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

Insurance Coverage
Medicare and many other insurance companies can cover a large portion, if not all of the costs of cardiac rehabilitation for most heart problems. Insurance benefits will be verified before patients start the program.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
As part of Texas Health Fort Worth, the cardiac rehabilitation program's multidisciplinary team is lead by physicians on the medical staff. The team also includes cardiac rehabilitation nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and fitness specialists as well as registered dietitians, pharmacists and chaplains.

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 was developed for heart and vascular patients who are currently in the hospital. Phase I provides patients with educational materials and a registered nurse who is available to consult and answer any questions about continuing with the program.
  • 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 - Phase III is designed as a maintenance program for Phase II graduates. The program allows patients to continue on their exercise program under the supervision of the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff. The maintenance program is also available for individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Note: Phase III is not covered by insurance plans. The cost is $50 per month.

Phases II and III Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions are held at the fitness center from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fitness center is on the Plaza level in the Sid Richardson Tower. Download and print a map with directions to the fitness center.

Support Group Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center break room. To RSVP or for further information, please call 817-250-5055.

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