Learning to live with heart disease

Learning to live with heart disease is a continuous, daily process. When you are recovering from heart surgery or a heart attack, walking on a treadmill hardly seems interesting. You might feel tired, depressed, or simply worried about survival, not about getting a workout. But exercising for a few months under the watchful eyes of a healthcare team may be the ticket to survival, and a better quality of life. The Tyler Heart Institute team treats the whole person. We will help you through your journey, and you may just leave feeling better than you ever thought possible.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical, mental and social functioning. Cardiac Rehabilitation is recommended after heart surgery, a heart attack, angioplasty and/or a stent.  The goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event or death. Your Cardiac Rehabilitation program will begin shortly after you leave the hospital and will include exercise, education and an individualized care plan.

When you begin the program, you will be evaluated by a physician and a registered nurse, and started on a customized exercise and education program that will help get you back into shape and on the road to a full recovery. Your program will be tailored to your individual needs based on your age, previous level of exercise, personal goals and the severity of your heart disease. 

During the monitored exercise sessions, your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, symptoms and progress are continuously monitored by the Cardiac Rehabilitation Registered Nurse's and Exercise Physiologists.  The education classes focus on how behaviors are linked to cardiac health and are taught by registered nurses, exercise physiologists, pharmacists and registered dietitians. Family members are also encouraged to attend the classes.

Class topics include:

  • Reducing Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  • Healthy Eating for the Heart
  • Smart Exercise for the Heart
  • Stress Management & Relaxation
  • Emotional Aspects of Heart Disease
  • Understanding Your Heart Medications

Cardiac Rehabilitation participants usually come three times a week for 4-12 weeks, depending on their individual needs.  The Cardiac Rehabilitation staff will assist you in developing a plan for on-going exercise and heart health at the end of your program.

Advanced lipid management program

Our advanced lipid management program can help you assess and reduce your specific risk for heart disease. You will start with advanced cholesterol testing, then we will help you develop an individualized plan which may include medication, dietary changes, and exercise.

Heart-healthy classes

Community Hospital offers many classes to help you learn to take good care of your heart. Your doctor may recommend one or more as part of your rehabilitation program, or you can browse the classes currently being offered.