Specialty care for cardiac rehabilitation

Ascension Seton Heart and Vascular delivers a full range of heart health and cardiac rehabilitation services.

Heart Care and Rehabilitation


Understanding your heart and lung health after surgery is important to help prevent a heart attack and manage your symptoms. Care teams at Ascension Seton Cardiac Rehabilitation Services are committed to providing the right care for your health. Our cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention programs in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). We also have additional locations in Burnet, Harker Heights and Kyle, Texas.

Cardiac rehabilitation to help improve heart health

Our care teams listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create a heart and lung rehabilitation plan that promotes a safe and faster recovery. Our structured and educational approach is delivered by doctors, registered nurses and certified exercise physiologists who specialize in strengthening your heart and lungs. We monitor your heart during exercise and provide nutrition and lifestyle recommendations 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.

Program features and benefits

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 cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. Attending three, one-hour cardiac rehabilitation sessions a week for 18 weeks (or 36 sessions, whichever comes first) is recommended for optimum recovery and support. Medicare requires a minimum of two sessions per week for reimbursement.0

Your guided exercise sessions are personalized for your abilities, cardiovascular condition and recent 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

Our cardiac rehabilitation program offers a variety of fitness options that may include working with free weights, weight training machines, NuStep, rowers, seated and upright elliptical trainers, stabilization balls, stationary bicycles, and treadmills. We also offer education classes and consultations, including:

  • 1:1 dietary consultation
  • Cardiac medications
  • Cholesterol and your heart
  • Exercise and diabetes
  • Exercising safely at home
  • Heart disease 101
  • Psychosocial changes with heart disease
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management

Managing your heart-lung recovery

Cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation focuses on your heart and lung health. Our respiratory care teams specialize in breathing therapies and perform lung function tests to help improve your strength, endurance and quality of life.