Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) work as a team with nurse educators, nutrition specialists, exercise specialists, mental health specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and other health care professionals to provide coordinated care for people who are participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

Mayo Clinic offers a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program staffed by an experienced health care team that provides cardiac rehabilitation services for people with several types of heart disease or who have had heart surgery.

Individualized approach

Doctors and other health care professionals at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need. Your health care team will discuss with you your cardiac rehabilitation goals and work with you to design a personalized cardiac rehabilitation plan that meets your individual needs.


Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in many areas of cardiac rehabilitation. One research study evaluated the use of smartphone-based technology to provide education and track people's habits, such as activity and healthy eating, during cardiac rehabilitation.

Another research study evaluated the use and effectiveness of virtual world-based cardiac rehabilitation, including education and discussions regarding lifestyle changes in a virtual environment.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Complex Heart Surgery Keeps Panama Native on the Greens

    When persistent fatigue began to slow down Ricardo Henriquez, an evaluation at Mayo Clinic revealed he needed surgery to fix his heart valves and correct an irregular heartbeat. The procedure also allowed him to again pursue his passion for golf.? The goal that April afternoon was simple. Sink the putt and win the tournament. But [...]

  2. Breathing Easier After Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

    Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong's quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle. Dorothy Ganong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, struggled with labored breathing for more than two years. She would run out of breath halfway up a flight of stairs and practically have [...]

  3. From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate

    As a 37-year-old with no major medical problems, Collin Markum was shocked to learn he had a rare cardiac condition. Now after successful surgery and rehabilitation, Collin is working to help fund research and promote heart health. By Collin Markum It was early October 2016, and I was standing in front of my 11th??grade United [...]

  4. Local Politician Doesn't Skip a Beat With Mechanical Heart Pump

    While Walter "Junior" Boatright was running for a second term as Nassau county commissioner in northeast Florida in November 2012, he started to feel winded. At first, he chalked it up to getting older and just not having the same energy he used to, while campaigning 15 hours a day. But after the campaign was [...]

Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and other health care professionals have experience in caring for people who are participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

Treatment expertise

Staff in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic have extensive experience and expertise in providing care for people who may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., 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. 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.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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