Heart and Vascular Health

Specialty Care for Cardiac Rehabilitation

Ascension Seton in Central Texas delivers a full range of heart health and cardiac rehabilitation services.

Heart Care and Rehabilitation

Our five cardiac rehabilitation teams at Ascension Seton in Austin, Burnet, Kyle and Round Rock, Texas, continue the heart care plan. To request an appointment at one of our heart care locations or for more information, call 512-324-1037.

After your body has gone through a cardiac event or treatment for a heart condition, special care may be needed to get your heart health back on track. Our program is known as cardiac rehabilitation. Our experienced team focuses on the personalizing you exercises and recommending dietary and lifestyle changes to help improve your recovery after surgery. Patients with a history of myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart or valve surgery, heart transplant or other heart conditions and cardiac procedures such as angioplasty (balloon) and stenting can participate in our cardiac rehab program.

Rehabilitation for Specific Heart Conditions and Treatments

  • Aorta disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Hypertension (and Pulmonary Hypertension)

For patients, with peripheral vascular disease (PAD), we have a dedicated rehabilitation program for your condition. For more information, call 512-324-1037.

Ascension Seton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program

Our heart care team provides a structured and educational approach to improving your heart health. At the rehab centers, our support group environment connects you with other heart patients, all of whom are monitored by registered cardiac nurses and clinical exercise physiologists.

The cardiac rehabilitation center at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin is our central base. For your convenience, we provide other satellite rehab centers in the greater Austin area:

Our doctors and heart care team are devoted to providing care that is right for you, delivered with human touch. We strive to keep you healthy for a lifetime by treating you with dignity. We listen and respect your heart health concerns, and together deliver a care plan for your needs.

The first step in your heart condition aftercare is to look at your lifestyle habits. Making positive changes can help you maintain a healthier heart. In turn, your health and wellness decrease risk factors for future heart problems and even may reverse heart disease.

Cardiac rehabilitation includes guided physical exercise and education classes about your heart health. The therapy equipment and class schedule may vary by location. Exercise programs are individualized, based on each patient’s medical condition and abilities. The program consists of 36 visits – typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for three months or 12 weeks. The actual number of visits may vary depending on your insurance benefits and overall progress.

Exercise Equipment

  • Free weights
  • Precor muscle group-specific weight machines (upper body, legs, etc)
  • NuStep (seated stepper)
  • Rowers
  • Seated and upright elliptical trainers
  • Stabilization balls
  • Stationary bicycles
  • Treadmills

Heart Health Classes

  • 1:1 dietary consultation
  • Cardiac medications
  • Heart disease 101
  • Exercising safely
  • Eating for a healthy heart
  • Avoid the salt trap
  • Blood sugar smarts
  • No-nonsense weight loss guide
  • Navigating nutrition labels and restaurant menus
  • Meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Stress management and heart yoga

Getting Started

A doctor’s order, which our care team can help you obtain, is needed to start our program. Then at your first appointment is a thorough evaluation, including a medical assessment and a program orientation. Be sure to bring along a list of current medications, including dosage and frequency, a copy of healthcare instructions from your doctors, and comfortable exercise clothes and shoes. The first appointment is approximately two hours and includes an exercise session.

Cardiac Rehab Exercise Sessions

We recommend attending exercise sessions three times a week for the most benefit. Each exercise sessions last up to 60 minutes, and the schedule of availability varies by location. Our team will help you schedule your workouts. Once a time block is selected, we recommend keeping that slot the entire time you’re in the program. Having an exercise routine makes it easier to stick to the new habits you’re working hard to achieve.

We encourage you to wear comfortable street clothing or exercise wear, including walking shoes or tennis shoes. Heels and boots are discouraged. The exercise room maintains a lower temperature for our exercisers, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Our team provides personal instruction. Several of our classes include one-on-one consultation with a dietitian, exercise specialist or cardiac nurse.

Insurance and Billing

Medicare and most private insurance providers cover outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs. Some insurance companies may require preauthorization for this service, but Medicare does not. However, if you have secondary insurance, preauthorization may still be needed. If you aren’t sure, please call us. We’ll be happy to help you with preauthorization or any other insurance questions you may have.

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