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
- 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.
UF Health Cardiac Rehabilitation – Jacksonville
580 West 8th Street
Tower II, 1st Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32209