The Cardiovascular Surgery Healing Enhancement Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota offers integrative medicine to people who are having heart (cardiovascular) surgery. Some program offerings are also available to family members.

Integrative medicine combines evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine with conventional medical care to address your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The program offers you access to several integrative therapies before, during and after your heart surgery to promote healing.

A team of trained staff members in the Cardiovascular Surgery Healing Enhancement Program coordinates with your cardiac medical team to provide you with integrative therapies. The team of specialists trained in integrative medicine, cardiovascular surgery, nursing and general surgery offers you personalized, integrated care.


Integrative therapies may benefit you in many ways, including:

  • Decreasing your anxiety
  • Helping to reduce the amount of pain medication you need while recovering
  • Helping to speed your recovery and allow you to return sooner to regular activity
  • Helping you feel better physically and emotionally
  • Promoting better sleep
  • Promoting relaxation and reducing tension
  • Reducing your feelings of pain and nausea

Services offered

If you're having heart surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota and you're interested in integrative therapies, contact your nurse or another member of your medical team. Discuss these therapies with your medical team to determine which ones may benefit you. You may also request a referral from your doctor for outpatient care during your recovery after you leave the hospital. Complementary and integrative therapies and services offered — some of which are available to family members — include:


Cardiovascular researchers actively study treatment and recovery options for people who need or have had heart surgery. In integrative medicine research, researchers study current and potential complementary, alternative and integrative therapies and their effects on people. Read more about research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program and the Cardiovascular Research Center.


For more information about the Cardiovascular Surgery Healing Enhancement Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, call the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at 507-284-3994 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

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