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Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation | Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center

At the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at the Carter Rehabilitation Center, our goal is to assist you in developing a healthy lifestyle plan. Your plan will include major components of physical activity, education, stress management and nutrition counseling. Monitored physical activity increases the efficiency of your heart and lungs and strengthens your muscles, helping you return to a normal lifestyle. Located on the campus of Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, the Carter Rehabilitation Center's activity sessions are designed to meet your personal needs, interests and abilities. As an AACVPR-certified program, Carter Rehabilitation Center is recognized as a leader in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation offering the most advanced practices available.

Who Should Attend

Cardiac Rehab

Individuals who have been diagnosed with a heart condition or have experienced a heart attack, angioplasty or open heart surgery should consider participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

Pulmonary Rehab

Individuals who have been diagnosed with a respiratory illness that affects their daily activities should consider participating in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral artery disease

Individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are eligible to received supervised exercise therapy (SET) if diagnosed with PAD caused by arterial insufficiency and if classic intermittent claudication (IC) is present. Exercise training helps slow the decline in the ability to function and move through daily activities.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Benefits

Based on your personal goals, the benefits received from cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation may vary.

Your benefits may include:

  • Strengthening and conditioning of your heart and lungs
  • Controlling your weight and lowering your total cholesterol levels
  • Understanding your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart and lung disease, and when to seek medical attention
  • Reducing your 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 your self-confidence
  • Laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Emotional support for you and your family

SET for PAD benefits may include:

  • Clinical studies have indicated that this therapy can assist with improving functional capacity
  • Overtime, the therapy can decrease painful symptoms and increase leg strength
  • Reduce additional risks associated with PAD

What to Expect

Participants typically spend six to 12 weeks in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, attending three sessions per week. The length of your program may depend upon your goals, the progress of your recovery, or your physician's recommendation.

During the cardiac rehabilitation activity sessions, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team will monitor you with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry system that will keep them informed of how you and your heart are reacting and adapting to activity. You’ll also learn how to take your pulse, determine your exercise intensity, and exercise at a level that allows you to receive maximum benefits.

For pulmonary rehabilitation activity sessions, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team will monitor any shortness of breath you may experience while exercising, using a small noninvasive fingertip pulse oximeter to observe the oxygen level in your blood and monitor your heart rate. If you rely on oxygen therapy, you'll have ready access to oxygen should you need it. Like cardiac rehabilitation, you'll also learn how to regulate your exercise intensity to support and improve your health.

During SET for PAD sessions, patients will be encouraged to complete three exercise sessions per week supervised by an interdisciplinary team of nurses, exercise physiologist and dietitian. Patients will be encouraged to reach a pain tolerance level that can be improved upon at each session in order to build strength and exercise tolerance. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recognize this therapy when referred by a physician. The treatment is covered by most insurance plans with pre-authorization.

Your Rehabilitation Team

The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation team draws from a wide array of healthcare professionals which may include registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, registered dietitians and physicians. Your physicians are provided with information about your recovery and progress. The most important member of this team is you. As a team member, you are encouraged to follow your treatment plan, ask questions, and report any symptoms or problems you may be experiencing.

Contact Us

Contact our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program by calling 817.922.1140, Option 2.

Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth
Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center
1400 Eighth Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 75246

Directions to the Center:

From Rosedale turn onto 8th Avenue, then turn right on Mistletoe heading West. After passing the Emergency Department on the left-hand side, there will be a large sign with Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center on the bottom. Turn left and drive up the hill to where the Center is located. Parking is directly in front or on the west side of the building.