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    Plano, TX 75093
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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our New Cardiac Rehabilitation Area Is Open!

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department has moved into a new, expanded space, an area twice the size of its previous location. Unveiled in February, the new space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, men's and women's locker rooms, patient consult areas, flat-screen televisions suspended from the ceiling, and enough space for more than 20 pieces of varied types of exercise equipment. In addition to providing more patients with a customized approach to cardiac rehabilitation, the staff will now also offer a "Maintenance Program." For those patients who complete the hospital's physician-prescribed rehabilitation program (which typically consists of a 6-12 week stint), they are able to then enroll in the Maintenance Program for $50 per month. Some benefits of the program include:

  • Continued guidance and monitoring by rehabilitation staff
  • Assistance in keeping a weekly journal of exercise activity, plus other pertinent information (heart rate, weight, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Unlimited use during designated week days of all exercise equipment
  • Use of men's and women's locker rooms

Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department Staff

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano offers a supportive and comprehensive on-site cardiac rehabilitation program in a new, spacious environment. Our goal is to provide you with a physically and emotionally safe place to recover at your own pace while under the supervision of our caring rehabilitation staff.

Your cardiologist or surgeon will most likely prescribe cardiac rehabilitation, which has three phases. Phase I occurs during your hospitalization and includes education and ambulation. Phase II begins usually 1-2 weeks after discharge from the hospital and typically lasts between 6 to 12 weeks. This phase consists of medically supervised, individualized exercise and education sessions 3 days a week. Phase III (also known as maintenance) begins immediately after completion of phase II and allows the guest to continue using the skills they learned on their own in a fitness facility or a supervised maintenance program. If you are interested in the program and have not been referred, we can work with your health care provider to obtain a referral as well as your insurance provider to determine if your costs will be covered. We also offer a free half day education workshop to the public, called Leap for Life®, which covers risk factor modification, exercise, diet and nutrition, stress management, medications and more.

Once enrolled in the cardiac rehabilitation program, you will have the benefit of working one-on-one with our multidisciplinary team of professionals including nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians and chaplains. The exercise component is supervised by exercise physiologists and nurses, who are all ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certified, and in conjunction with your physician develop a program for you to build strength and endurance gradually and safely in our advanced cardiac rehabilitation center that features:

  • treadmills
  • elliptical trainers
  • recumbent and upright bicycles
  • recumbent cross trainers
  • hand weights
  • a universal gym

All physical activity is tailored to your personal interests, needs, and abilities and occurs in a monitored environment so that the staff is constantly aware of the status of your heart and how well it is tolerating the exercise in which you are engaged. The multi-disciplinary team will help you understand your condition and how you can prevent future problems by teaching you healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a balanced diet and engaging in stress-reduction activities.

Cardiac Rehabilitation programs have been shown to effectively improve health in both men and women. We will work with you as well as your family members to make your transition back to daily life as smooth as possible. In the process, you will increase your self-confidence, improve your physical fitness and prepare for a healthier lifestyle.


Here are some of the benefits you may experience through our cardiac rehabilitation program:

  • Strengthen and condition your heart and lungs
  • Control weight and lower total cholesterol levels through good nutrition and physical activity
  • Understand your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and when to seek medical attention
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Lay the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Reduce your symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event
  • Return to work and activities of daily living more quickly
  • Develop coping and stress reduction skills, as well as relaxation techniques
  • Feel emotionally supported

We celebrate your success by hosting a graduation ceremony for you and your family and friends when your cardiac rehabilitation program is completed.

The Caring Hearts® program is also available to guests for support. Caring Hearts matches volunteers, who are a year past their own cardiac event, with current guests, and these volunteers help heart patients and their families during hospitalization. The program's goals are to offer help, guidance and encouragement. A volunteer may visit you and your family while you are in the hospital or you may call the Caring Hearts hotline at 214-820-3809 to be matched with a volunteer after you have been discharged from the hospital.

If at any time you or a family member has questions about cardiac rehabilitation, please contact our office at (469) 814-3550.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Barbara Lake and Chris Shallcross are graduates of The Heart Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

Click here to watch Barbara discuss her experience as a former patient of the hospital.

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