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 families.
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.