The UTMB Cardiac Rehabilitation Program aims to reverse limitations
experienced by patients who have suffered cardiac events by encouraging
and equipping them with the knowledge and practice of a heart-healthy
lifestyle. Cardiac rehab starts when a patient is still in the hospital
and continues after discharge with the patient receiving extensive
rehabilitation as an outpatient.
The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in recognition of its commitment to improve patients’ quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are
designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart
attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems
(e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms)
recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include
exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their
The UTMB Cardiac Rehabilitation program participated in an
application process that required extensive documentation of the
program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only
peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual
programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and
published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is
reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and
Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the
field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer
the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is
valid for three years.