Cardiac Rehabilitation

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 2009.

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.

Coordinated Care
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.

Program Access
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) 260-5786.

For more information about our services, call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at (323) 260-5000 ext. 1067, and ask for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator.