Cardiovascular Surgery Healing Enhancement Program Overview

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 integrative 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.

Benefits

  • 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

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. Integrative medicine therapies and services offered — some of which are available to family members — include:

  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage therapy, including body or hand massage
  • Music therapy
  • Patient education regarding integrative therapies
  • Relaxation therapies, such as meditation or other relaxation techniques
  • Religious and spiritual support
  • Sleep enhancement therapies
  • Stress management training
  • Support groups or volunteer visitors
  • Volunteer services, such as Caring Canines, Caring Hands hand massage, or reiki and healing touch

Research

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 Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program and the Cardiovascular Research Center.

Appointments

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

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

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Aug. 30, 2019