Cardiac rehabilitation in Brandon, Florida

At Brandon Regional Hospital, we know the importance of continued care following a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, or the diagnosis of a heart condition. The goals of our cardiac rehab program are to help you regain strength, to prevent your condition from worsening and to reduce your risk of future heart problems.

To learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation program, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Cardiac rehabilitation is known to increase survival rates in patients with heart disease. It is recommended by both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology as a crucial area of heart care. Cardiac rehab is often divided into phases, which focus on :

  • Monitored exercise
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Emotional support
  • Lifestyle changes to reduce risk of heart problems

Conditions that benefit from cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab is an option for people of all ages experiencing many different forms of heart disease. Patients who have experienced or are living with the following conditions may benefit from cardiac rehab:

  • Cardiac surgery, such as:
    • Angioplasty and/or stent placement
    • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
    • Heart transplant
    • Heart valve replacement
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Certain types of congenital heart disease
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Peripheral arterial disease

Talk to your doctor to see if cardiac rehabilitation is a good option for you. Cardiac rehab is not appropriate for every case of heart disease.

Cardiac rehab process

Cardiac rehab often begins when you are still in the hospital and continues as an outpatient program following discharge. After the completion of the outpatient program, you will be provided with home-based maintenance exercises to continue your progress.

The initial stage of cardiac rehab lasts three to six months.

During this time you will work with cardiologists, nurse educators, dietitians, psychologists and psychiatrists. There are four primary components of cardiac rehab, including:

  • Medical evaluation—An initial evaluation helps your cardiac rehab team assess your physical abilities, medical limitations and other health conditions and track your progress. The team will evaluate your risk factors for heart disease, a cerebrovascular accident (stroke) and/or high blood pressure and tailor a program to meet your needs.
  • Physical activity—A primary goal of cardiac rehab is to improve your cardiovascular fitness through walking, cycling, rowing, jogging and other endurance activities. Strength training may also be used to increase muscular fitness.
  • Lifestyle education—We provide nutritional guidance that helps you lose excess weight and make healthier food choices aimed at reducing fat, sodium and cholesterol intake. Support and education are provided on making lifestyle changes and breaking unhealthy habits, such as smoking. Our team is here to answer any and all questions, from changes in lifestyle to medication management.
  • Support—When you receive a heart disease diagnosis, feelings of depression, anxiety and hopelessness are common. The counseling and emotional support you need is available in our program to help you learn healthy ways to cope. We are committed to helping you rebuild your life both physically and emotionally.

Following completion of your cardiac rehab program, you will continue the diet and exercise habits you learned on your own to maintain your heart health.

Proven positive outcomes of cardiac rehab

Cardiac rehab is a long-term maintenance program that should be followed for the rest of your life. Following inpatient and outpatient structured care, you will have the resources to continue your own exercise plan at home. The nutrition, lifestyle and weight loss education you receive will set you up for continued success.

Perhaps the most valuable benefit of cardiac rehabilitation is the improvement in your overall quality of life.

Heart health assessment

The Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) is a 12-item assessment that allows patients with cardiovascular disease to self-report their physical symptoms to estimate their ability to function during everyday activities.

The assessment can be useful in determining the effectiveness of practices, such as cardiac rehabilitation, over time to understand a patient's progress. A higher score indicates a higher level of functionality. Take the assessment below.

Please select Yes or No for each question!

# Question Yes No
1. Are you able to take care of yourself, that is, eating, dressing, bathing, or using the toilet?
2. Are you able to walk indoors, such as around the house?
3. Are you able to walk a block or 2 on level ground?
4. Are you able to climb a flight of stairs or walk up a hill without stopping?
5. Are you able to run a short distance?
6. Are you able to do light work around the house like dusting or washing dishes?
7. Are you able to do moderate work around the house like vacuuming, sweeping floors, or carrying in the groceries?
8. Are you able to do heavy work around the house like scrubbing floors, or lifting or moving heavy furniture?
9. Are you able to do yard work like raking leaves, weeding or pushing a power mower yet?
10. Are you having sexual relations?
11. Are you able to participate in moderate recreational activities like golf, bowling, dancing, doubles tennis, or throwing a baseball or football?
12. Are you able to participate in strenuous sports like swimming, singles tennis, football, basketball or skiing?

Your DASI Score is:


Thank you for taking control of your heart health! Based on your score calculated by the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI), you may be at risk for heart disease. Search our physician directory to find a doctor near you to review your results. If you do not have a doctor, we can provide you with a free referral.

Thank you for taking control of your heart health! Based on your score calculated by the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI), you are in good heart health.

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