Strengthening your heart and lungs after surgery

Cardiac rehabilitation care teams at Ascension St. Vincent's provide a personalized six-week program for your heart and lung recovery after surgery.

Cardiac rehabilitation in North Florida

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Understanding your heart and lung health after surgery is important to help prevent a heart attack. Care teams at Ascension St. Vincent’s are committed to providing the right care for your heart. Our outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida, is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Manage your recovery with cardiac rehabilitation

Your health is our priority. Our care teams listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create a cardiac rehabilitation plan that promotes a safe and faster recovery. Our nurses and exercise specialists specialize in strengthening your heart and lungs and helping you manage your symptoms. During cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, we monitor your heart and discuss medications, nutrition and lifestyle changes to help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and improve your overall health. We also help you cope with stress by providing support to you and your family.

A doctor's referral is required to participate in the program. Medicare Part B and other private health insurance plans provide a covered benefit for participating in general or intensive cardiac rehabilitation.

Ask your heart doctor if you are a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation. Your care plan is based on your heart condition and recent heart surgery or procedure, such as:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary stent or angioplasty
  • Heart attack
  • Heart transplant or heart pump
  • Heart valve replacement or repair
  • Treatment for angina

Program features and benefits

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation can help accelerate your recovery and keep your heart and lungs healthy. Your care team coordinates care over a six-week period. Most adults attend three sessions per week. We offer flexible morning and afternoon classes at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital.

Our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program emphasizes:

  • Controlling weight and improving cholesterol levels
  • Creating healthy lifestyle habits and managing stress
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Reducing your symptoms and helping to prevent another cardiac event
  • Returning to work and activities of daily living
  • Strengthening and conditioning your heart and lungs
  • Understanding your medications and how to manage your heart condition

Exercise options after completing the program

Your care doesn’t end after completing your cardiac rehabilitation. We also provide supportive care and help connect you with community fitness programs.