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Learning to live with heart disease is a 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. But exercising for a few months under the watchful eyes of your Tyler Heart Institute team may be the ticket not only to survival, but to a better quality of life.

Outpatient Cardiac Wellness programs

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a seven-week, 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, a stent and/or with development of heart failure. The goal is to stabilize, slow, or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease to reduce the risk of heart disease, another cardiac event, or death. Your Cardiac rehabilitation program begins shortly after you leave the hospital and includes exercise, education, and an individualized care plan.

You will be evaluated by a registered nurse and a cardiologist, then start a customized exercise and education program 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 registered nurses and exercise physiologists. The education classes -- focusing on how behaviors are linked to cardiac health -- are taught by registered nurses, exercise physiologists, pharmacists, and registered dietitians.

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

Typically, you will attend three times a week during the seven-week program.  The Cardiac rehabilitation staff will help you develop a plan for ongoing exercise and heart health.

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Heart Smart Supermarket Tour

Don't miss this eye-opening tour through the supermarket with a registered dietitian as your guide. Learn to use nutrition labels to make smart decisions about the food you buy. Course materials include aisle-by-aisle tips and brand-name shopping list. Click learn more to see nutrition related classes including the Heart Smart Supermarket Tour.

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Stop Smoking Program (Kick the Nic)

Research shows that combining group support, individual counseling, and medication management increases the chances of success when quitting smoking.
Kick the Nic program flier.

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Contact us

(831) 883-5660

Open Monday-Friday

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

What our participants say

"The individual attention and care that I received was excellent. The staff takes personal interest in everyone."

"I never thought I would join a program like this. I am so glad I did - it changed my life."

"The knowledge, collaboration, and caring of all the staff made me feel safe. It allowed me to trust them and let them push me!"

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