Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute Resource Nurse

For general questions about your cardiovascular or thoracic condition, symptoms, treatment, surgery or tests. Experienced cardiovascular registered nurses are available to answer your questions.

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Nutrition Programs and Services

The Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Nutrition Program provides a wide range of nutrition services led by experienced and specialized registered dietitians. Individual counseling and a group weight-management program are available. Call 800.223.2273 ext. 4-9353 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Books for Patients & Families

Books for Patients & Families

U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s top hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey and has named Cleveland Clinic’s heart program No. 1 in the nation since 1995. Here are books you may find helpful from our experts:

Heart 411

  • by Marc Gillinov, MD and Steven Nissen, MD
  • © January 31, 2012, Crown Publishing Group
  • Heart 411 is the definitive guide to heart health, written by two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America.

Navigating Your Hospital Stay: A Guide Written By Expert Nurses

  • by Mary Beth Modic DNP APRN CNS CDE (Author), Christina M. Canfield MSN APRN CCRN-E (Author)
  • Paperback – April 20, 2017
  • The goal of this book is to help you become an educated partner in your hospital stay or that of your loved one

Exercise & Therapy Programs

Exercise & Therapy Programs

Exercise and Fitness Programs

Individual exercise prescriptions and a complete cardiac rehabilitation program are provided by Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation. Your doctor can provide a referral, or call 216.444.9353 or 800.223.2273 ext. 4-9353 for an appointment.

The Cleveland Clinic Fitness Center is available to visitors and provides fitness equipment, an indoor and outdoor track and swimming pool. Daily, weekly, and monthly passes are available. Call 216.444.8765 or 800.223.2273 ext. 4-8765. Fitness Center Hours are M-F, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pool closes one hour earlier on most days.

Healing Services Touch Therapies Program

The Healing Services Team includes contributions from the Office of Patient Experience Spiritual Care Department and the Touch Therapy Team.

Massage therapy can help reduce muscle tension, relieve stress, and soothe pain. A light, 10-minute complimentary massage (with your physician's approval) can assist the patient's well being during healing.

Healing Touch and reiki are relaxing, nurturing energy therapies where gentle touch assists in balancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being to promote a deep sense of relaxation and healing.

Complimentary light massage therapy, reiki and Healing Touch therapies are offered to patients in 10 minute sessions. There is an additional fee of $1 per minute for longer sessions. For family members and visitors, massage therapy or reiki sessions (or a combination of both) are available for $1 a minute. To schedule these therapies or for more information, please call 216.445.9543.

Healing and Wellness Suite, located on the 5th floor of the Miller Family Pavilion, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute patients and family members are welcome use this room to take a quiet break from the daily hospital routine.

Guided imagery is the process of focusing on or imagining positive thoughts and feelings to induce peace, calm, strength and control. Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery patients receive a free guided imagery CD program and are encouraged to listen to it before and after surgery to promote relaxation and pain relief. In addition, programs are available online for downloading into your mp3 player - or you can enjoy these programs on the CC inpatient TV relaxation channel. Additional guided imagery programs are available for sale in the Gift Shop. More information

Music therapy: Under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist, music therapy combines music and therapeutic techniques and aids in the physiological, psychological and emotional well-being of the individual during treatment of an illness. For more information about music therapy, contact the Music Therapy Coordinator in Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine at 216.445.5083.

Art therapy utilizes art media and the creative process to help patients in their healing and recovery. Art therapy can help patients decrease anxiety, manage stress, and deal with emotional issues. For more information about art therapy, please call Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine at 216.445.5083.

Cleveland Museum of Art distance learning program, featuring the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art Collection, sponsored by Arts & Medicine. The program will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Patients, families and employees will have an opportunity to participate in dynamic discussions with presenters from the Cleveland Museum of Art via video conferencing. This program is supported by a generous gift from Agnes Gund to Arts & Medicine. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Room J3-105. Ask for directions.

Patient & Family Education

Patient & Family Education

Written materials: All Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute patients receive comprehensive patient education materials to explain their disease, tests and procedures, medications and treatments. If you need more information during your visit at the Cleveland Clinic, please ask your doctor or nurse.

The Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute has an extensive library of written information on our website about:

Closed circuit TV Video Program: The Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute offers a variety of health education programs on your hospital TV to help during your recovery. In addition, a variety of videos are provided by condition on our website.

Patient and Family Health & Education Center: offers a variety of free services to patients and visitors. The Center is located in Q1-2 (off the Grand Hallway, by the Blue Berg sculpture), and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Learn more about the center and programming.

Foreign Language materials: Global Patient Services assists patients from around the globe who come to Cleveland Clinic for care. A representative can assist you with travel arrangements and lodging, as well as interpreter services during your stay. Global Patient Services and the Health Information have some materials translated into other languages, including Spanish and Arabic. The National Library of Medicine Medline Plus also offers patient education materials in many languages.