The White Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by
the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This is a significant achievement for
the program since there are only eight other programs in
California that have achieved this certification. White
Memorial's Cardiac Rehab Program is the only certified program in
Los Angeles County. The program has been certified through August
The Program And Its Benefits
The Heart and Vascular Care Center provides a 12-weeks outpatient
cardiac rehabilitation program of monitored exercise, which
features new, state-of-the-art equipment, at a hospital
well-known for excellence in rehabilitation services.
The program is designed to strengthen and improve the activity of
the heart following a heart attack, valve replacement, coronary
bypass, PTCA, heart transplant or stable angina. The goal of the
program is to help patients return to a healthier and more active
lifestyle as safely and quickly as possible.
Each patient exercises while attached to state-of-the-art
telemetry monitors that provide a complete reading on how the
heart functions during warm up, exercise and cool-down.
A highly qualified nurse monitors vital signs during each phase.
The program also includes education and counseling by dieticians,
physicians, occupational therapists, nurses and other health
professionals, to help patients make lifestyle changes, manage
their diet properly, understand their medications, reduce stress,
stop smoking, and return to sexual activity and other leisure
interests. Additionally, the patient is taught how to monitor his
or her own vital signs and how to stay within exercise limits.
Patients not only participate in group activities, but also
receive individualized attention to meet the needs of each
person. Patient can also participate in independent, but
supervised, exercise programs with other cardiac patients, once
telemetry is no longer needed and the patient is proficient at
monitoring their own vital signs.
A registered nurse, who is trained in telemetry and advanced life
support, and has worked with many patients experiencing cardiac
problems, coordinates the program. An exercise physiologist, who
is trained in exercise and has expertise in neuro-muscular
problems and muscle strengthening, creates and follows patients
through their exercise program. The staff is friendly, patient
oriented, and strive to make patients feel comfortable as
possible. Many members of the patient care staff are bilingual in
Spanish, English and Chinese.
Physicians are involved in their patient's care throughout the
program. They may consult directly with the Medical Director of
the program at any time regarding their patient's care.
Physicians appreciate the education and counseling their patients
receive and the individually customized exercise plans, because
it helps speed up recovery safely and effectively.
To enroll in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at White
Memorial, patients need a physician referral and an exercise
clearance. Referrals and prescriptions may be faxed to
Rehabilitation Services, White Memorial Medical Center, at (323)
For more information about our services, call the Cardiac
Rehabilitation Program at (323) 260-5000 ext. 1067, and ask for
the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator.