Cardiac rehab in San Antonio

Cardiac rehabilitation, commonly referred to as cardiac rehab, is an outpatient therapy program consisting of exercise and education. At Methodist Heart and Lung Institute Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center and Methodist Hospital Metropolitan Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Center, we offer personalized treatment plans, including evaluation and instruction on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other health-related areas. Our emphasis is placed on long-term lifestyle changes to help protect and preserve cardiopulmonary function and maintain optimal health.

For more information about our cardiac rehabilitation services, please call Methodist Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center at (210) 575-0355.

Candidates for cardiac rehabilitation

All participants with evidence of a cardiac problem are candidates for cardiac rehabilitation. Patients at high risk for developing heart disease are also encouraged to participate. The program is designed for patients with, but not limited to, the following heart problems or procedures:

Cardiac rehab is generally covered by most health insurance companies, but check your plan to determine copays or other requirements. Call us at (210) 575-0355 to discuss options if your insurance does not provide coverage. Our staff will be glad to assist you.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program

You will need a physician's order to enter cardiac rehabilitation. Information on your health status will be assessed through a variety of diagnostic tests, which may include a cardiac stress test and six-minute walk test.

Exercise consists of an individualized program using stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers and resistance and strength training equipment.

In addition to a personalized exercise regimen, our cardiac rehab program also offers educational sessions to help you learn more about your heart health. Education topics include:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Diabetes management
  • Disease process
  • Energy conservation
  • Medication usage
  • Nutritional management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management

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