Cardiac Rehab Patient Resources

  • Click here to find a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program near you by searching the AACVPR Program Directory.
  • Click here for a Cardiac Rehabilitation Fact Sheet. Print the file and distribute it in your waiting room!
  • Click here to download a document that outlines clinical evidence of the benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

A comprehensive service provided to individuals with Cardiovascular Disease. 

The primary goal of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to enable the participant to achieve his/her optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and lifestyle change.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a service that includes:

  • Prescribed exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness without exceeding safe limits.
  • Education about heart disease along with counseling on ways to stabilize or reverse heart disease by improving risk factors.
    • Reduction/Cessation of Smoking
    • Lowering Cholesterol
    • Controlling High Blood Pressure
    • Weight Loss/Control
    • Improve/Manage Diabetes
    • Increasing Physical Activity
  •  Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
  • Improve Psychological Well Being

Those who benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation include those with a history of:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • Current stable angina pectoris
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)/ or coronary stenting 
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Heart Failure and those with ventricular assist devices
  • Coronary artery disease equivalents such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease

Click on the links below for more information about: 

Cardiac Rehabilitation | Heart Failure Peripheral Arterial DiseaseExercise and Physical ActivityLowering Cholesterol | Controlling Blood PressureWeight Loss/ControlHealthy Eating HabitsManaging Stress and Depression | Smoking Cessation | Diabetes Management/PreventionOther Valuable Resources 


Cardiac Rehabilitation Resources

“Mended Hearts is a nationwide, community-based program offering the gift of hope to  heart patients and their families through a unique peer visiting program in 460 hospitals  and cardiac care facilities.  For 60 years, Mended Hearts trained visitors have drawn on  their personal experience as they educate, reassure and inspire others.  Ongoing  support is offered for both patients and caregivers through regular meetings at 300  chapters and satellites and through phone and online visits.

May 2012 - AACVPR partnered with Life Systems International (LSI) Inc on an educational documentary produced by the Discovery Channel's Profile Series. This documentary spotlights the preventive medicine of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Specifically, the overwhelmingly positive outcomes for patients and the equally surprising underutilization of this healthcare service throughout the USA. The video also highlights that use of this service seems to be less utilized by women. AACVPR is highlighted as the key industry participant for guidelines and best practices. LSI is highlighted as an industry leader in technology and innovation. Click Here to watch the documentary.

Heart Failure

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is atherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries outside of the heart.  This includes the arteries leading to your legs, kidneys, brain, arms, stomach and aorta. People with coronary artery disease are at higher risk of developing peripheral arterial disease, and vice versa.  Just like atherosclerosis of your heart arteries, PAD can be treated with medicines, lifestyle changes including exercise, and, if needed, surgical procedures. Look below for more information about PAD and lifestyle changes to prevent/manage PAD.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Lowering Cholesterol

    Controlling Blood Pressure

    Weight Loss/Control

    Healthy Eating Habits

    Managing Stress and Depression

    Smoking Cessation

    Diabetes Management/Prevention

    • American Association of Diabetes Educators=
    • Self-care Behavior Handouts
    • Videos and Guidebooks
    • Education Resources for Prevention and Managing Diabetes
    • American Diabetes Association: Living with Diabetes
    • American Diabetes Association: Food and Fitness
    • NHLBI: Diabetic Heart Disease 
    • NIH: Health Information: Diabetes
    • Diabetes Pro: Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk: Patient Education Toolkit

    Other Valuable Resources

    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
    • American College of Chest Physicians: Patient Education Resources
    • FDA for Consumers
    • Reynolds Risk Score

    WomenHeart Resources for Professionals and Patients

    The link above will direct you to WomenHeartTV. Here you will find videos that provide information on women’s heart health.

    Third-Party-Submitted Resources