Cardiac rehabilitation program in Denver

For people with heart conditions and/or circulatory problems, cardiac rehabilitation can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. At Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program for you and your family to improve your heart health.

Our program focuses on education, early recognition of symptoms, medication adjustments, nutrition, cardiovascular exercise, stress management and smoking cessation. Physicians and certified rehabilitation specialists work with you one-on-one to develop a personalized treatment plan for recovery.

To learn more about our cardiac and vascular rehabilitation, to enroll in the program or for insurance related questions, please call us at (720) 754-2096.

Who should participate?

People with acute or chronic cardiovascular disease are the best candidates for our cardiac rehabilitation program. These can include:

  • Angioplasty/stent
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure   
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

Our cardiac rehabilitation includes vascular rehabilitation, which helps patients with circulatory problems such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or intermittent claudication that limits walking ability.

What does the program include?

A therapy plan is designed for each participant by our team cardiac rehabilitation therapists. The exercise plan begins with individualized and monitored exercise two to three times per week and then leads to behavioral reinforcement and ongoing support.

Our program includes three phases of rehabilitation:

  • Phase I: inpatient cardiovascular rehabilitation—Patients have an initial evaluation of cardiovascular conditions and risk factors. Our rehabilitation team then works with the patient to develop and implement a treatment plan for patient education and cardiovascular exercise.
  • Phase II: outpatient cardiovascular rehabilitation—Patients incorporate lifestyle changes and attend monitored cardiovascular exercise sessions two to three times a week for 12 to 18 weeks.
  • Phase III: outpatient risk factor modification and wellness program—This program is available for patients with chronic cardiovascular disease. Patients receive individual counseling on risk factor modification, disease management and independent cardiovascular exercise.

Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

Participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program can lower your risk of death by 47 percent and lower your risk of a heart attack by 31 percent. The American Heart Association endorses cardiac rehabilitation because it is an opportunity for people to begin a personalized exercise program, make lifestyle changes and learn to manage medications and risk factors for better heart health.

Walk away from PAD program

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend combating PAD with a supervised walking program. We assist patients with motivation and coaching during supervised treadmill-walking exercises designed to improve muscle tone, function and walking distance.

Some of the many benefits of this program include:

  • Improved walking distance (endurance) in patients with intermittent claudication
  • Improved quality of life and stress management
  • Increased muscular endurance and strength
  • Reduced risk of PAD progression and thereby reduced cardiovascular risk factors
  • Reduced chance of hospitalization