Tampa General's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, function, and knowledge in a safe and enjoyable way for people with heart disease or who have had cardiac surgery or heart transplants. The program includes three phases:
- Phase I of the recovery process begins while the patient is in the hospital after a cardiac event.
- Phase II is a 12-week outpatient program consisting of 36 sessions of progressive monitored exercise. Patients’ heart rates and heart rhythms are continuously monitored with a mobile ECG telemetry system throughout the Phase II program to ensure the safest possible environment. During this phase, patients are also provided educational materials and counseling regarding heart disease, diabetes, medications, nutrition and weight loss, stress management, risk factor identification and modification, as well as smoking cessation.
- Phase III is an individualized exercise program designed to last the patient's lifetime.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is under the direction of a physician and supervised by an interdisciplinary staff trained in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention. Each team member is certified in advanced cardiac life support. The TGH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Medicare and most private health insurance plans cover all or most of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation. The TGH Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is conveniently located at 509 South Armenia Avenue, Suite 301, Tampa, FL 33609. For more information, please call (813) 844-7706 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.