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The cardiac rehabilitation program at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas carefully designs a program that is tailored to a patient’s needs after being diagnosed with a heart condition or experiencing a cardiovascular event. The team of healthcare professionals at the Walter L. Berman Cardiovascular Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center – Dallas includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, and registered dietitians. Combining years of experience with insight gained from research, the team shares best practices with hospitals across the US and countries around the world.

Showcasing the team’s dedication is the recent certification granted by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR is dedicated to the professional development of its members, through information, networking and educational opportunities. Central to its mission is the improvement in the quality of life for patients and their families.




Individuals who have been diagnosed with a heart condition or have experienced a heart attack, angioplasty, open heart surgery, as well as patients with peripheral artery disease should consider participating in cardiac rehabilitation. Participants typically spend six to 12 weeks in cardiac rehabilitation, attending three sessions per week. The length of the program may depend upon the individual patient’s goals, the progress of recovery, or the physician’s recommendation.

 

Benefits

  • Strengthening and conditioning of the heart and lungs
  • Controlling weight and lowering total cholesterol levels
  • Understanding medications, the signs and symptoms of heart and lung disease, and when to seek medical attention
  • Reducing symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event or lung disease
  • An earlier return to work and daily activities
  • Developing coping and stress-reduction skills, as well as relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Emotional support for the patient and his or her family


What to expect

During the cardiac rehabilitation activity sessions, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry system that will keep them informed of how the patient and the patient’s heart is reacting and adapting to activity. Other skills taught include how to take a pulse, determine exercise intensity, and exercise at a level that allows the patient to receive maximum benefits.

Return to Work Lab®

Unique to the program, The Return to Work Lab® helps the patient return to their work life whether that be a fireman, pilot, mechanic, or recreational sport. The team initiates a care plan that uses the actual equipment and tools the patient would need to handle in their daily work as equipment in the rehabilitation process. The plans also involve nutritional counseling, social support and lifestyle education. Whether the patient is in the early stages of heart disease or a heart transplant recipient, individualized goals are set and milestones are celebrated along the way.

Keep Your Move In The Tube®

Keep Your Move In The Tube® is an innovative approach to cardiac rehab for sternotomy patients. This evidence-based approach teaches patients how to perform load-bearing movements in a way that avoids excess stress to the sternum. By keeping their “move in the tube,” patients are able to regain their strength faster, often eliminating the cost and time-consuming step of going to skilled nursing, enabling them to immediately begin cardiac rehabilitation and resume their daily activities.

Care for ventricular assist device patients

During the cardiac rehabilitation activity sessions, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry system that will keep them informed of how the patient and the patient’s heart is reacting and adapting to activity. Other skills taught include how to take a pulse, determine exercise intensity, and exercise at a level that allows the patient to receive maximum benefits.
 

Leap for Life®

Take the first leap toward a healthier lifestyle with Baylor Scott & White Health's Leap (Lifestyle Education Awareness Program) for Life® program. This wellness and disease prevention education program is designed for anyone at risk of cardiovascular disease and their family. During a Leap for Life® workshop, attendees receive practical and easy to understand information about lifestyle management and steps one can take to reduce the risk of developing future heart problems.

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Caring Hearts®

Emotional support is an important part of recovery, and we think that it's important for patients in cardiac rehabilitation to learn from the experiences of those who have already completed the program. In the Caring Hearts® program, people who are a year past their own cardiac event or family members of cardiac patients volunteer to visit a patient and their family before or after a procedure, offering empathy and support. Volunteers also serve as a liaison for families in the guest waiting areas providing updates on each patient’s care journey or other assistance for patients and families.

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The cardiac rehabilitation team will assist you with the steps needed to start your program. Entrance into the program will require a physician referral. If you feel you could benefit from cardiac rehab, you should discuss it with your physician and request a referral.

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