Cardiac Rehabilitation

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The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is designed to help individuals with cardiovascular disease actively participate in their own healing and recovery. 

Through education, exercise, and risk factor changes, cardiac rehabilitation starts patients on the road back to the highest possible level of physical, emotional, and vocational well-being. 

Specialized Help for Improving Heart Health 

Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) helps patients improve their heart health, lower their risk of future cardiovascular disease, prevent future cardiac surgery, and better engage in daily work and recreational activities.

UT Southwestern’s cardiac rehabilitation specialists work 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.

By tracking our patients’ progress and encouraging them to continue their rehabilitation efforts, our specialists motivate them to overcome obstacles to better heart health. We closely monitor every patient and order follow-up tests to confirm they are on a steady path to improved cardiac fitness.

Conditions That Benefit

Participants include those with:

Our Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation program includes three components:

Risk Factor Changes

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


Educational classes cover cardiovascular disease-related topics such as:

  • What is heart disease?
  • Managing cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stress management
  • How to exercise
  • Medications
  • Dietary education
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking cessation


A custom exercise program is prescribed 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

Scheduling and Location

Patients can choose from one of four sessions, which are typically held three days a week for a period of 12 weeks. Sessions are held at the Professional Office Building 2, Suite HQ2.100. Our center includes treadmills, weight-lifting equipment, and stationary bikes.

Appointments and Information

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 214-645-5540. A physician referral is required, and services are generally covered by most insurance companies. 

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