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:
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 or participation in recreational activities 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.Click here to print more information
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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.
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.
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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