Cardiac Rehabilitation

Part of the stress that comes with an event like a heart attack, bypass surgery, or angioplasty and stenting is the uncertainty about when--or if--you can get back to living normally. A cardiac rehabilitation program is a group of physical and emotional activities designed to help you recover from a cardiovascular event and make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent future events. If you've experienced a cardiovascular event, you can rest assured that our cardiac rehabilitation team will get you back on your feet and help you stay well.

The Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)— one of only 40 certified programs in Texas. Our program draws on a multidisciplinary team that includes internal medicine physicians, registered nurses, exercise specialists, registered dietitians, and social workers in a carefully designed program that is tailored to your specific needs. Our program features monitored physical activity in which you gradually increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs, strengthening your body's muscles while gaining the confidence you need to return to daily life.

Participants typically spend 2 to 12 weeks in cardiac rehabilitation. This can vary, however, depending on your goals, your progress, or your physician's recommendation. Participants typically attend three sessions per week, which are held at the Tom Landry Health and Wellness Center (free parking is available). We offer several Phase II class times Monday through Friday (7:30; 9:00; 10:30; 2:00; and 3:30) to fit your schedule.

The benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include:

  • Strengthening and conditioning of your heart and lungs
  • Controlling weight and improving cholesterol levels, including HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol
  • Understanding your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and when to seek medical attention
  • Increasing self confidence
  • Laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Reducing your symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event
  • Earlier return to work and activities of daily living
  • Developing healthy habits and stress reduction skills, as well as relaxation techniques
  • Providing emotional support for you and your family

Through education, you'll begin to understand your heart condition and ways to reduce your risk for future heart problems. Our team will help you develop a realistic plan for identifying and improving your heart disease risk factors, and you will participate in nutrition and stress management sessions. The more you know about what contributes and leads to the development of heart disease and the steps you can take toward building a healthier heart, the more you can help reduce your risk of developing a cardiovascular condition. Learning stress-reduction techniques, ways to eat healthy, and making other behavioral changes can also help you prevent future problems.

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Return to Work Lab - Live Your Action Potential™

We're breaking new ground with our cardiac rehabilitation program through our Return to Work Lab™. The only one of its kind in North Texas, the Return to Work Lab™ follows industrial athletes and those with jobs that require higher intensity levels after heart procedures to evaluate when their heart is physically ready to return to work. Typical cardiac rehab programs require participants to be able to be cardiologically stable (130 beats per minute), yet national research shows that some vocations, such as firefighters and police officers, must be stable at 160 to 180 beats per minute.

The goal of the Return to Work Lab™ is to train patients to achieve the fitness level necessary for them to safely perform required job duties upon return to work and/or activities of daily living. Typical cardiac rehabilitation programs advise participants to perform lower levels of activity by using equipment such as the treadmill, bike, and light hand weights. Our program uses real-life tools and equipment that our participants might use--fire hoses, industrial tools, simulated red guns--that weigh the same as their real life counterparts. We also use training materials taken from these professions; stairway; stairmill; slideboard; agility equipment; simulated lawn equipment; and a weighted workstation. After successfully completing this program, you will be confident that you're ready for the demands of your job--and so will your family members, your physician, and your employer and coworkers.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation In The News

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Industrial Athletes, part of the cardiac rehab program at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, was recently featured on The Texas Daily.

Industrial Athletes - The Texas Daily

Return to Work Lab featured in The Wall Street Journal: read the article




The Return to Work Lab, part of the cardiac rehab program at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, was recently featured on CBS 11 in Dallas.

Return to Work Program - CBS 11

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Education and Support

Leap for Life®

Take the first leap toward a healthier lifestyle with Baylor Health Care System's Leap (Lifestyle Education Awareness Program) for Life® program. Designed to meet the needs of patients and their families with heart disease, Leap for Life® teaches what you can do now to manage your disease and possibly improve your health. It's a wellness and disease prevention program available to heart patients, their family members, and the community that empowers individuals with physical, dietary, and stress education to achieve better health.

LINK: Connecting Cardiovascular Health and Wellness Across Generations

LINK: Connecting Cardiovascular Health and Wellness Across Generations is a monthly meeting for heart and vascular patients and their family members to hear a physician or staff member on the medical staff at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital speak on a variety of topics.
Scheduled regularly throughout the year, LINK aims to educate patients and their loved ones about heart and vascular disease.
A heart-healthy meal will be served.

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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 volunteer to visit a patient and their family before or after a procedure, offering empathy and support. Caring Hearts® volunteers also support waiting room staffs. Caring Hearts® volunteers are cardiac patients or family members of cardiac patients.

Get Started

If you have been diagnosed with or treated for heart disease, or if you have experienced chest pain, a heart attack, bypass or valve surgery, heart transplantation, or a cardiac procedure (such as a coronary stent), you may be a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation. Even if you are at high risk for developing heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation may be the first step to assist you in reducing your risk. Contact Baylor's cardiac rehabilitation program on the Dallas campus by calling 214.820.2109. 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 the program, you should discuss it with your physician and request a referral.

Most cardiac rehabilitation programs are covered by private insurance and Medicare.

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