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.
Who Needs Cardiac Rehabilitation?
In general, we see patients who have or have had:
- Heart attacks
- Coronary artery disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Heart transplant
- Coronary revascularization with stents or bypass surgery
- Placement of mechanical assist devices (MAD)
Many patients enter TGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program following surgery. Our rehab program has the goal of preventing additional cardiac events for patients.
What Are the Phases of Cardiac Rehab?
The standard cardiac rehab program takes a multidimensional approach and includes three phases:
Phase I of the recovery process begins while a patient is in the hospital after a cardiac event. Once the patient is able to walk, a physical therapist will perform an evaluation to determine what the patient is able to do physically at a baseline. This sets the stage for the next phase of rehab.
Phase II is a 12-week outpatient program consisting of three sessions per week (36 sessions total) of progressive monitored exercise. Our dedicated team includes exercise physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse clinicians and other medical staff who will create a highly personalized plan for the patient, based on his or her overall health, condition and treatment goals. The patient’s heart rate and heart rhythm are continuously monitored with a mobile ECG telemetry system throughout the Phase II program to ensure the safest possible environment.
During this phase, the patient is also provided educational materials, support group resources and counseling regarding heart disease, diabetes, medications, nutrition and weight loss, stress management, mental health, risk factor identification and modification and smoking cessation.
Our on-site physician reviews the patient’s exercise program and their progress throughout Phase II. Once cleared, the patient can graduate from Phase II.
Upon graduation from Phase II, patients are eligible for Phase III, which is an individualized exercise program designed to last the patient's lifetime. We help the patient find a suitable local gym.
Tampa General Hospital is a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular conditions and was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and is the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for Cardiology & Heart Surgery. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at TGH:
- Is under the direction of a physician who can attend to any emergencies quickly and is supervised by an interdisciplinary staff trained in the field of cardiac rehabilitation protocol, exercises and prevention techniques.
- Is staffed by team members who are certified in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and have been trained using standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Provides treatment programs tailored specifically to each patient; for example, the rehab plan for a heart transplant patient will be different than the rehab plan for a patient who just had a ventricular assist device placed.
- Offers care that is covered entirely or in part by Medicare and by most private health insurance plans
- Features a 10,000-square-foot facility with brand new equipment
- Is in the same location as other rehabilitation and therapy programs, so we can easily refer patients to pulmonary rehab, physical therapy or hand therapy for anyone experiencing hand or shoulder pain or weakness.
Our Location & Contact Information
The TGH Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is conveniently located on the third floor at 509 South Armenia Avenue, Suite 301, Tampa, FL 33609. The facility is easy to access from anywhere in the Tampa Bay area and has its own dedicated parking.
For more information, please call (813) 844-7706 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.