Cardiovascular Center: Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Image: UF Health Cardiac Rehabilitation staff with patient

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised exercise, nutrition and lifestyle program designed to help patients with heart conditions and limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness.

One of the first steps a patient can take to reduce their risk of another cardiac event is to begin a cardiac rehabilitation program. Our team of specialists design an individualized plan that combines the expertise of cardiologists, registered cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dieticians and pharmacists.

Who Needs Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients should start a cardiac rehabilitation program if they currently have or have experienced one of the following:

What to Expect During Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation programs focus on three areas to help patients live a more heart-healthy life. Our program includes:

  • Exercise counseling and training. Staying active is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of future heart problems. Patients learn how to exercise safely and effectively while improving their conditioning and stamina.
  • Managing risk factors. Patients learn how to lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as improve nutrition and blood sugars. In addition, our specialists teach techniques to assist in maintaining a healthy weight and smoking cessation.
  • Stress management. Reducing stress can improve overall heart health. Social support interaction and stress reduction techniques reduce fatigue, depression and anxiety, which improves quality of life. Our supervised outpatient program is typically three times a week for about three months. After completing the program, individuals may continue in the program’s fitness maintenance program.

Our supervised outpatient program is typically three times a week for about three months. After completing the program, individuals may continue in the program’s fitness maintenance program.

Why Choose UF Health for Cardiac Rehabilitation

The UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville offers more treatment options than other facilities which, in many cases, means better outcomes for cardiovascular patients. Because our surgeons and cardiologists take a team-based approach to assessing each individual patient, we can create a customized, effective treatment plan for each individual based on their specific needs.

Jacksonville Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists

  • Robert F. Percy, M.D.
    Associate Professor
    Specializes in Cardiac Rehabilitation; Cardiovascular Disease

Location

  1. UF Health Cardiac Rehabilitation – Jacksonville

    1st Floor, Tower II
    580 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209