The Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program consists of two programs that treat patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and those who have had a cardiovascular event: Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
These programs promote optimal life-style changes and medical management to:
- Prevent the occurrence and/or progression of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke
- Reduce the need for future surgery
- Enhance your quality of life by reducing symptoms
The Preventive Cardiology Program is an outpatient clinic that brings together the multi-specialty expertise of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals from several departments including cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, hypertension, internal medicine, exercise physiology, psychology and nutrition therapy.
Together, this team provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to help you improve your overall health by identifying and reducing cardiovascular risk factors, the most important parts of your recovery.
Who should participate in a Preventive Cardiology Program?
Patients who meet any of the criteria below are eligible to participate:
- Individuals with heart disease or peripheral arterial disease
- Adults and children with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors
- Anyone with a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease
- Individuals interested in loosing weight
- Those in need of dietary counseling specific to heart failure
Preventive Cardiology offers specialized programs that support positive changes in diet and behavior. Program staff work with you to design an individualized program specific to your needs and medical condition.
Program offerings include:
- Up-to-date medical therapy
- Individualized exercise prescriptions
- Access to a medically-supervised exercise program
- Nutrition counseling
- Group weight loss program
- Heart healthy culinary classes
- Behavior modification programs including smoking cessation, one-on-one depression and anxiety counseling
- Specialized programs for individuals considered at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease, including people with diabetes, rheumatological or autoimmune diseases, kidney disease or obesity.
Cardiac rehabilitation promotes healthy lifestyles through education and individually structured exercise programs to reduce the risk of future heart conditions.
Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Fewer or no future heart attacks
- Decrease in bad cholesterol
- Improved blood sugar control
- Increase in energy and stamina
- Improved quality of life
- Longer life
Who benefits from a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?
Cardiac Rehabilitation benefits those with the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Post cardiac event, such as myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Congestive heart failure
- Post procedure, such as angioplasty or heart surgery
- Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) or implantable devices (pacemaker or defibrillator)
A wide range of nutrition services are led by experienced and specialized registered dieticians.
One-on-one, group session or online nutritional counseling is available. Comprehensive nutrition sessions include personalized care, realistic goal setting and eating strategies tailored to your individual needs.
Women's Cardiovascular Center
See our Women's Cardiovascular Center for information on prevention programs designed specifically for women.
You do not need a referral to make an appointment in the Preventive Cardiology Programs. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 216.444.9353 or 800.223.2273, ext. 49353.