Frequently Asked Questions - Cardiac Services - Medical Services and Programs - Seton

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Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. It encompasses a regimen of exercise, education and counseling. Cardiac rehabilitation facilitates recovery to the best level possible and a decreased risk of future heart events.

The benefits of Cardiac Rehab can include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved endurance
  • Renewed confidence
  • Reduced risk of further heart problems
  • Reduced stress
  • Quicker recovery

Many people have questions about what cardiac rehabilitation entails. Some of the most commonly asked questions are answered below. If you need more information, please contact any of the Seton facilities offering cardiac rehabilitation.

What will I do at rehab?

Each exercise session will include an aerobic exercise component such as treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers and rowing machines. Muscular fitness will also be addressed using a variety of resistance training equipment. Each individual will be prescribed his or her own exercise routine.

How often will I come to rehab?

The first three sessions will be held on a Tuesday, Thursday, Tuesday sequence. The first session will have an initial evaluation, which includes medical history, current medications, and an explanation of what to expect in the program.

Your second visit will consist of a treadmill exercise test supervised by an RN and an Exercise Physiologist. We will assess your current exercise capacity and from that we will prescribe a daily exercise regimen to follow.

Your third visit will consist of your first monitored exercise session. We will show you how to get yourself set up with heart monitors and how to use the equipment you were prescribed for your exercise. This is really a one on one session so you will feel comfortable and know what to expect before you join your specific group class.

Once you have completed your first three sessions we will move you to group exercise classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday where you will be closely monitored during exercise. Each monitored exercise session will last up to 60 minutes, and because you are in these sessions weekly it is a great way to meet others with similar heart conditions and experiences.

What times are monitored exercise sessions available?

Schedules can be found on the "Locations and Schedules" page of this site.

How long does each session last?

Each session lasts up to 60 minutes.

What do I bring to my first session?

Your first visit will be your initial evaluation. Please bring a list of current medications and any advanced healthcare directives (i.e. Medical power of attorney, Living will). It is recommended that you wear walking/athletic shoes to your evaluation.

What do I wear to my exercise sessions?

There is no particular dress code that is required, but participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and walking/athletic shoes.

How will I know if my health plan will cover cardiac rehab?

Call your insurance provider to see if they cover outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs. Most companies will cover cardiac rehabilitation for a variety of heart conditions. If you are unsure, you can always call the cardiac rehab office and we can check for you.

What education classes are offered and when?

Seton's Cardiac Rehab program offers several classes to help you on your path to wellness. Class schedules vary by site and topics include:

  • Cardiac
    • Cardiac Medications
    • Cholesterol and Your Heart
    • Heart Disease 101
  • Diet/Nutrition
    • 1:1 Dietary Consultation (with a registered dietician)
  • Exercise
    • Exercise and Diabetes
    • Exercising Safely at Home
  • Stress Management
  • Other
    • Psychosocial Changes with Heart Disease
    • Smoking Cessation

Where can I park?

Free parking is available at Seton Medical Center Hays, Seton Medical Center Williamson, Seton Southwest and Seton Highland Lakes. Seton Medical Center Austin offers parking with free validation for up to 60 minutes.

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