After your body has gone through a cardiac event or treatment for a heart condition, special care may be needed to get your heart health back on track. This is known as cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation helps your heart recover to the best level possible. Patients with a history of myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart or valve surgery, heart transplant or other heart conditions can participate in our cardiac rehab program.
Ascension Seton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program offers a structured and educational approach to improving your heart health. Our support group environment connects you with other heart patients, all of whom are monitored by registered cardiac nurses and registered clinical exercise physiologists. The program is available at five different locations in the greater Austin area.
Our doctors, clinicians and staff members are devoted to providing the best care possible, delivered with human touch. We strive to keep you healthy for a lifetime by treating you with dignity and respecting your unique heart health concerns. Please request an appointment online at one of our heart care locations for more information or call toll-free 877-860-1141.
About Cardiac Rehabilitation from Seton Heart
The first step in your heart condition aftercare is to look at your personal lifestyle habits. Making positive changes can work to maintain a healthier heart. In turn, your health and wellness decreases risk factors for future heart problems, even reversing heart disease.
Cardiac rehabilitation includes guided physical exercise as well as educational classes about your heart health. The equipment used and classes offered may vary by site. Exercise programs are customized, based on each patient’s medical condition and abilities. The program lasts up to 18 weeks (or 36 visits, whichever occurs first), depending on your insurance benefits and overall progress.
We encourage you to take a look at our cardiac rehabilitation FAQs for more information on what to expect during your rehab visits.
- Free weights
- Nautilus weight training machine
- Seated and upright elliptical trainers
- Stabilization balls
- Stationary bicycles
Heart Health Classes
- 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
A doctor’s order, which our staff can help you obtain, is needed to start our program. Once you have a doctor’s order, you can set up an appointment for an initial evaluation. This will include a medical assessment and give you more information about the program. Be sure to bring along a list of current medications, including dosage and frequency, along with a copy of any other healthcare instructions.
Exercise sessions last up to 60 minutes each. We recommend attending exercise sessions three times a week for the most benefit. 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 you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.
The schedule for exercise sessions varies from site to site. Personal instruction may also be arranged to meet your needs. The staff will help you schedule your workouts. Once a time block has been selected, we recommend keeping that slot the entire time you’re in the program. This makes it easier to stick to the new habits you’re working hard to achieve.
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 secondary insurance, preauthorization may still be required. If you aren’t sure, please call us. We’ll be happy to help you with preauthorization or any other insurance questions you may have.