Cardiac rehabilitation at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is a physician-prescribed program for people who have most kinds of heart disease. Program participants may or may not have had a heart attack or heart surgery (or other heart procedures). Cardiac rehabilitation can often improved functional capacity, reduce symptoms and create a sense of well-being for patients.
What Conditions May Benefit From Cardiac Rehabilitation?
A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual. Conditions or cardiac procedures that may necessitate cardiac rehabilitation include:
- Angina pectoris
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Post-open-heart surgery
- Post-heart transplantation
- Balloon angioplasty
- Pacemaker placement
- Stent placement
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart failure
People living with stable angina (chest pain), heart valve disease or congestive heart failure may also benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
Cardiac rehabilitation programs can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the cardiac rehabilitation team, including:
- Cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon
- Primary care physician
- Registered nurse
- Exercise physiologist/specialist
- Registered dietitian/nutritionist
- Certified diabetes educator
- Social worker
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending on the specific heart problem or disease, and should be supervised by a cardiologist and a team of cardiac professionals. Cardiac rehabilitation typically includes one hour of supervised exercise three times a week. The program may last four to 12 weeks, depending upon the patient’s condition and the physician prescription. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help patients reverse their symptoms and maximize cardiac function. Activities include:
- Establishing a progressive exercise program to build fitness and functional capacity
- Providing educational classes to help adjust to or change the patient's lifestyle and habits, such as:
- Smoking cessation classes
- Nutrition classes
- Offering stress management techniques and techniques to reduce anxiety
- Counseling and educating the patient with regard to his or her specific heart condition or disease and the best management approach for that specific condition
- Preparing the patient to return to work by equipping him or her to meet the physical and psychological demands of the job
- Providing heart disease prevention awareness
We strive to improve your overall heart health and reduce your risk of future heart disease. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come.
We recommend you continue to follow our rehabilitation program recommendations over time. The Institute offers support groups and community education programs that will help you continue on your heart-healthy journey.
Cardiac Rehabilitation services are available at the following Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute locations:
8900 N. Kendall Dr.
Miami, FL 33176
91500 Overseas Highway (MM 91.5)
Tavernier, FL 33070
South Miami Hospital 6200 SW 73 Street
South Miami, FL 33143