Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Mayo Clinic offers a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota to help people who have a history or risk of heart disease (cardiovascular disease) improve their health and reduce their risk of future cardiovascular disease and medical complications.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona provides supervised exercise directed by doctors in a clinical setting, as well as patient education and support for people with qualifying diagnosed heart conditions. Pulmonary rehabilitation also is offered at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona for people with lung (pulmonary) disease.

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida provides care for people with a history or risk of cardiovascular and lung (pulmonary) conditions.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is a part of the Cardiovascular Health Clinic, a clinic focused on the needs of people with cardiovascular disease and those who are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

In the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic, cardiologists work as a multidisciplinary team with other specialists to provide your care. Specialists may include:

  • Clinical exercise specialists
  • Registered nurses
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Psychologists and licensed counselors
  • Executive chef
  • Pulmonologists in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida
  • Respiratory therapists in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida
  • Physical therapists in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida

The staff in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps you focus on several ways to improve your health and reduce your risk of future cardiovascular events, such as:

  • Improving your physical activity habits
  • Improving your diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Taking prescribed preventive medications
  • Avoiding tobacco use or exposure

Although these strategies are well-known, putting them into practice can be difficult. To help you navigate the road to cardiovascular health and practice preventive therapies, the staff in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program creates a personalized cardiac rehabilitation plan for you designed to meet your individual needs.

A personalized cardiac rehabilitation plan may include:

  • A highly supervised exercise program
  • Patient education and wellness programs, such as cooking demonstrations and written resources
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Stress management
  • Individualized risk-factor management recommendations with regular evaluations by prevention specialists
  • Physical and occupational therapy at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida
  • Psychological and pharmacological counseling at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida
  • Referrals to other medical areas as necessary

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is open to anyone with cardiovascular disease and anyone who has coronary heart disease risk factors.

The program is available for those who have had several conditions or treatments such as:

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program also serves people who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, who may have conditions including:

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida is open to people with cardiovascular diseases, as well as to people with lung (pulmonary) diseases or those at risk of developing pulmonary diseases, such as:

Goals of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida include:

  • Improving your health and quality of life
  • Helping you adjust physically and psychologically to your condition
  • Reducing your symptoms
  • Reducing your risk of future cardiovascular disease or progression of pulmonary disease
  • Providing education and counseling to improve your understanding of your condition
  • Providing guidance about returning to work

Comprehensive program

The comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic offers several phases of the program to serve your needs, including:

  • Phase 1: Hospitalization. Evaluation, education and rehabilitation efforts begin while you're still in the hospital following a cardiac event.
  • Phase 2: Early outpatient. In the immediate posthospitalization period, you'll begin attending classes and participating in a regular exercise program. Exercise specialists, registered nurses, doctors and others closely monitor you. Most major insurance plans cover this phase.
  • Phase 3: Extended outpatient. This is a self-pay supervised exercise service at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona that is designed for maintenance and ongoing progress of your heart health. Your vital signs are checked routinely. ECG monitoring isn't performed routinely in this phase unless your doctor determines it's necessary. Generally, people in this phase have graduated from phase two.

If you're being treated at Mayo Clinic for a short time, you can still participate in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. For example, if you have had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic, you may participate in the program for as long as you stay at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida or Minnesota following your hospitalization.

Follow-up appointments are available when you return for checkups. This service is extended to any person being treated at Mayo Clinic.

Appointments

To participate in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, you'll need to be referred by your doctor. Not all services may be available at all locations. Please confirm when you request an appointment.

To refer a patient to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, contact the Referring Physician Service at 866-629-6362 (toll-free) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To refer a patient to the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, contact the Referring Physician Service at 800-634-1417 (toll-free) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To refer a patient to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, contact the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases Appointment Office at 800-471-1727 (toll-free) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday. After business hours, contact the Referring Physician Service at 800-533-1564 (toll-free).

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