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.
Cardiac Rehabilitation as Part of Your Recovery
After surviving a potentially life-changing event such as a heart attack, major cardiac surgery, or other cardiac episode, it is important to get back on the road to recovery. Cardiac rehabilitation is an integral component to this process. Under the guidance of experts in exercise physiology, patients get a comprehensive education in nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise, as well as regular supervised exercise sessions with cardiac ECG monitoring and blood pressure checks. Cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to reduce the need for repeat hospitalizations and is associated with better survival in patients with heart conditions. Importantly, cardiac rehabilitation can help boost confidence as patients return to their normal lives.