SSW-Cardiac-Rehab-2014_MG_5912-WEBAfter any cardiac event, it is important to evaluate one’s personal lifestyle habits and work to maintain a healthier heart – therefore decreasing risk factors for future cardiac events. Cardiac rehabilitation helps achieve recovery to the best level possible. Patients with a history of myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery bypass surgery, stable angina, angioplasty, coronary stent placement, valve surgery, heart transplant or other cardiovascular conditions are eligible to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Seton Healthcare Family’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program offers a structured and educational approach in a group environment with other heart patients – all monitored by registered cardiac nurses and registered clinical exercise physiologists. The program is available at five different locations in the greater Austin area.

About the Program

Seton Cardiac Rehabilitation offers a wide variety of classes and individualized instruction designed to reduce cardiac risk levels. Exercise programs are tailored individually, based on each patient’s medical condition and/or personal limitations. The program lasts up to 18 weeks (or 36 visits, whichever occurs first) depending on individual insurance benefits and each patient’s overall progress.

Exercise Equipment Used

(May vary by site)

  • Free Weights
  • Nautilus Weight Training Machine
  • NuStep
  • Rowers
  • Seated and Upright Elliptical Trainers
  • Stabilization Balls
  • Stationary Bicycles
  • Treadmills

Educational Classes

(May vary by site)

  • 1:1 Dietary Consultation
  • Cardiac Medications
  • Cholesterol and Your Heart
  • Exercise and Diabetes
  • Exercising Safely at Home
  • Heart Disease 101
  • Psychosocial Changes with Heart Disease
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management

Getting Started

A doctor’s order is required for cardiac rehabilitation and our staff can assist in obtaining one if necessary. Once an order has been issued, you can schedule an initial evaluation at your desired location. The evaluation will include a medical assessment and orientation to the program. Be sure to bring along a list of current medications including dosage and frequency along with a copy of any advanced health care directives.

Exercise Sessions

Exercise sessions last up to 60 minutes each. We recommend attending exercise sessions three times a week for maximum benefit, though Medicare requires a minimum of two sessions per week for reimbursement. We encourage you to wear comfortable street clothing or exercise wear, including walking shoes or tennis shoes. Heels and boots are discouraged. The exercise room is typically kept cool for the comfort of our exercisers so a sweater or jacket may be preferred for some users.

The schedule for exercise sessions varies from site to site. Individualized instruction may also be arranged to meet patients’ needs. The staff at your preferred location(s) will help you schedule your work outs. Once a time block has been selected we recommend maintaining that slot for the duration of the program. Doing so helps to create a more structured environment and also reinforces the new exercise habits you are working to achieve – though we do offer flexibility when necessary.

Insurance and Billing

Medicare and most private insurance providers do cover outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs. Some insurance companies may require preauthorization for this service, but Medicare does not. However, if you have a secondary insurance, a preauthorization may still be required. If you are unsure, please call us and we will be happy to assist you with preauthorization or any other insurance questions you may have.