Cardiac Rehabilitation

Benefits of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program cardiac rehabilitation from arteriosclerosis or heart disease

Following a cardiac event, San Antonio Regional Hospital is committed to helping patients return to a healthy lifestyle by providing a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which includes exercise, education, and emotional support.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at San Antonio's Heart Center is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or heart disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.

The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life - physically, emotionally, and socially. These goals are often met by:

  • Decreasing cardiac symptoms and complications
  • Encouraging independence through self-management
  • Reducing hospitalizations
  • Stabilizing or reversing arteriosclerosis (plaque buildup in the blood vessels)
  • Improving social, emotional, and vocational status
In order to help reach these goals, our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes the following:

  • Medication management to help reduce cardiac symptoms, complications, and hospitalizations
  • Exercise programs to help build fitness and improve endurance
  • Methods to improve independence and activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stress management and emotional support
To assist our patients and families in achieving these lifestyle modifications and/or changes we provide Cardiac Rehabilitation in two phases:


Phase I Cardiac Rehab begins while you are in the hospital and is provided to all patients who have had a cardiac event. Your registered nurse will meet with you and your family, if they are available, and provide education about your specific heart problem. They help you and your family begin the process to eliminate and/or modify cardiac risk factors.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is an exercise program for which your doctor must prescribe enrollment. Phase II may begin soon after you are released from the hospital. The three major focuses of Phase II are: closely-monitored prescribed exercise, continued education, and group support supervised by the cardiac rehab nursing team. Individuals receive a personalized exercise program and education plan. Family members are encouraged to be involved by attending educational classes.

Learn more about our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. For more information on San Antonio Regional Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation services, please call 909.579.6724.