Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed to help improve your overall health by identifying and reducing the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. As a participant in the cardiac rehab program, you will work with an exercise physiologist or registered nurse who will help you meet your personal goals.
The goals of cardiac rehab are to:
- Increase your understanding about your condition and treatment
- Help you make the right lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke and reduce the need for future surgery
- Increase your ability to perform your job and your daily or recreational activities
- Provide you and your family with the support and motivation you need to make important lifestyle changes
Several Baylor Scott & White Health locations offer cardiac rehab programs, including some that have received national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
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Support Groups and Educational Programs
From seminars on keeping your heart healthy to educational classes for those already diagnosed with a heart condition, we offer several events to care for your heart, such as:
Caring Hearts and Mended Hearts: In the Caring Hearts and Mended Hearts programs, people who are past their own cardiac event volunteer to visit a patient before and after a procedure, offering empathy and support. These volunteers also support the cardiac intensive-care and waiting-room staffs.
Wire for Life Volunteers: Baylor Scott & White has teamed up with past implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) recipients to provide future ICD recipients with support, comfort, and answers to their questions. Volunteers meet with the future recipients and their families before and after the ICD procedure.
ICD Support Group: This group gives ICD patients and their families the opportunity to visit others who have shared a similar experience, as well as to get information and emotional support.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group: Baylor Scott & White offers patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation and their families an opportunity to open up and share their feelings about their heart event in this support group.
New Hearts and Lungs Support: New Hearts and Lungs volunteers are transplant recipients who have received or are awaiting a new heart or lung. Volunteers visit patients before and after their transplantation.
- Hands Only CPR: CPR can prolong life before professional medical attention can arrive. Hands Only CPR will teach you how you should respond to cardiac arrest.
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