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Helping the Heart Through Cardiac Rehab

A rehabilitation program often can help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from medical procedures like surgery and angioplasty.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, cardiac rehab services are comprehensive (thorough) and long-term. They include a medical evaluation; exercise under a doctor's supervision; modification of cardiac risk factors; and education, counseling, and behavior modification.

Only a small percentage of the millions of cardiovascular patients, however, get the supervised exercise, stress management, and lifestyle adjustments that can help them recover.

Talk with your doctor

If you are being treated for heart disease, talk with your doctor about how a cardiac rehab program could aid your recovery. Your health care provider can help you devise a program that's right for you, according to your specific needs and health coverage benefits.

Getting worked up over a traffic jam or flying off the handle at a coworker can put some patients at greater risk of a second heart attack. Talk therapy, biofeedback, and meditation can teach relaxation instead of allowing tempers and heart problems to erupt.

The major components of any cardiac rehabilitation program should include the following:

Smoking cessation

Whatever you need to quit smoking from wearing a nicotine patch to undergoing hypnosis do it to quit this habit, says the American Heart Association. You should also avoid exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke since it can also increase your risk of another heart attack. 

Blood pressure control

Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Blood pressure that is 120 to 139 for the top number (systolic reading) or 80 to 89 (diastolic) for the bottom number on two or more occasions is considered prehypertension, meaning there is a risk for developing hypertension. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher (for either number) on 3 or more different occasions. Have your blood pressure checked regularly. In most cases, more than one medication may be needed to keep blood pressure under control. Make sure you and your doctor keep track of what you need to do to stay within healthy blood pressure levels.

Cholesterol checks

Consult with your doctor regarding your target total cholesterol and your target low-density lipoprotein, or LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Diet, exercise, and medication can help control cholesterol levels.


You should engage in moderate- to high-intensity exercise 3 to 4 days a week, for an average of 40 minutes at a time. Follow your health care provider's advice on the intensity of your workout.


You should follow a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and mackerel.

African American male trainer and patient in rehab facilityBroward Health Coral Springs is proud to offer a full range of therapy disciplines in its attractive facility located in the Medical Office Complex. The professional staff and state-of-the-art equipment provide intense, goal-focused therapy designed to return each patient to the highest level of function and independence.

The Rehabilitation Services Department at Broward Health Coral Springs is staffed by highly skilled, licensed professionals specializing in physical therapyoccupational therapy,  hand therapy and speech pathology --all offering inpatient and outpatient services to all ages.  In addition, a specialized Sports Medicine Program offers services to those with sports related injuries.

  • Pediatric Therapy services are available for children with developmental delays or recovering from an illness or injury.  If your child is having difficulty achieving developmental milestones like rolling, sitting, walking, or has trouble using their hands or has trouble communicating, we can help.  We provide a family friendly environment that will provide you and your child with an individualized evaluation and treatment plan to meet your family concerns and goals.
  • Inpatient Services:  Following surgery, injury, or disease, therapy services may be necessary to promote an improvement of function (i.e. walking, self-care activities, speech or swallowing). With a physicians order, therapists will evaluate a patients needs and establish a plan of care for their hospital stay.  Family participation is encouraged.
  • Outpatient Services:   Therapy services are often needed for patients after discharge from a hospital or with a new injury or disease.  Our therapists have special training in orthopedics and musculoskeletal disorders, arthritis and postural problems, amputees, ergonomics and industrial injuries, stroke and other neurological problems, wound care, hand injuries, and speech and swallowing problems. 
  • Physical Therapy is geared towards working with patients in helping meet their goals in wound care, pediatrics and sports injuries. Physical Therapists provide treatment to improve functional mobility, decrease pain, improve range of motion and to return to prior level of function in work, sports or home.
  • Occupational Therapy promotes the highest level of independence for each patient by addressing areas such as basic activities of living, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills and upper extremity strength. Occupational Therapists provide rehabilitation for patients with spinal injuries, orthopedic problems, neurological injuries and hand injuries.
  • Hand Therapy is a specialized field providing care to the patient with an upper extremity injury. The hand therapist works as a partner with the hand surgeon or physician to achieve optimal results. Hand therapists are skilled in the rehabilitation of such conditions as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, overuse injuries, fractures, crush injuries, amputations, nerve injuries, tendon repairs, burns as well as elbow or shoulder injuries.
  • Speech Pathology services are provided to the pediatric and adult population to facilitate the development or restoration of communication, cognition, voice, speech/language skills and swallowing.
  • Specialty programs offered by the Rehabilitation services Department at Broward Health Coral Springs include pediatric sensory integration rehabilitation, sports medicine rehab, wound management, orthopedic rehabilitation, swallowing disorders, osteoporosis program and neurological rehabilitation.

Each treatment plan begins with an assessment by a licensed therapist to understand the patient's health history, functional abilities and expectations. An individualized treatment program is set up to achieve the patient's goals. Progress is assessed continuously and treatment modifications are made based on those findings. In addition, the rehabilitation staff teaches patients and families how to promote independent living, prevent re-injury and encourage wellness.

Appointments are available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to convenient parking, the center offers an area that is easy to access for patient drop off and pick up.