Whether you’ve had a heart attack or you see a cardiologist for an ongoing (chronic) heart condition, you can benefit from the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the University of Miami Health System.
We can help you improve your physical function, reduce your pain, and improve your overall well-being by:
- Helping you become more independent by teaching you self-management strategies for your heart condition
- Reducing heart disease symptoms or complications
- Stabilizing or reversing atherosclerosis, a narrowing of your blood vessel walls caused by plaque (a fatty substance) buildup
- Working with you to prevent hospitalizations related to heart disease
Your cardiac rehabilitation team is led by a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, called a physiatrist. Your rehabilitation team works with your primary care doctor, cardiologist, and other specialists to give you complete care. Your team may also include a:
- Case manager
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Psychologist or psychiatrist
- Recreational therapist
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Social worker
- Vocational (career) counselor
Research has shown that cardiac rehabilitation programs can benefit you in the following ways:
- Help you stop smoking
- Improve your mental and social well-being and reduce stress
- Minimize heart disease symptoms
- Prevent heart disease-related death
- Reduce blood cholesterol levels
Why Choose UHealth?
World-class care in an academic health center. As a research and teaching institution, we treat children and adults with proven, leading-edge procedures based on clinical studies performed at the Miller School of Medicine. Our doctors, residents, nurses, and therapists work together to improve health care.