Cardiac rehabilitation designed with you in mind

Have you been recently diagnosed with a heart problem? Have you just experienced a heart attack, angioplasty or bypass surgery? Are you and your family wondering about the next step in your recovery? The heart team at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie can provide you with an answer. By participating in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, you can embark on the road to recovery.

The nationally recognized Walter I. Berman Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Center clinical leadership team at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas has closely collaborated with the Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation team since septiembre 2021. The management oversight of programs and services and individualized treatment plans for cardiac patients has brought national and international best practices to the Waxahachie region.

Who should attend

Rehabilitación cardiaca

Individuals diagnosed with a heart condition or who experienced a heart attack, angioplasty or open-heart surgery should consider participating in cardiac rehabilitation in Waxahachie.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Individuals diagnosed with a respiratory illness that affects their daily activities should consider participating in pulmonary rehabilitation at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie.

Supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease

Waxahachie area residents with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are eligible to receive supervised exercise therapy (SET) if diagnosed with PAD caused by arterial insufficiency and if classic intermittent claudication (IC) is present. Exercise training helps slow the decline in the ability to function and move through daily activities. Speak to your physician about participating in the SET program at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie and getting a referral to the program.

Benefits of attending cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation team helps patients develop a healthy lifestyle plan. The heart-healthy plan includes major physical activity components, education, stress management and nutrition counseling. Monitored physical activity increases the efficiency of the patient's heart and lungs and strengthens their muscles, helping them return to a normal lifestyle.

Based on each individual's personal goals, the benefits received from rehabilitation may vary. Benefits may include:

  • Strengthening and conditioning of your heart and lungs
  • Controlling your weight and lowering your total cholesterol levels
  • Understanding your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart disease and when to seek medical attention
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle
  • Reducing your symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event
  • An earlier return to work and daily activities
  • Developing coping and stress reduction skills, as well as relaxation techniques
  • Providing emotional support for you and your family

SET for PAD benefits may include:

  • Improving functional capacity
  • Decrease in painful symptoms and increase leg strength over time
  • Reducing additional risks associated with PAD

What to expect at cardiac and pulmonary rehab in Waxahachie

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The cardiac rehabilitation program at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Waxahachie is carefully designed to accommodate the individual needs of every cardiac and pulmonary patient. Participants typically spend three to 12 weeks in rehabilitation, attending three weekly sessions. The length of individual programs may depend upon individual patient goals, the progress of the patient's recovery or the patient's physician's recommendation.

Rehabilitación cardiaca

During the activity sessions, the cardiac rehabilitation program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry unit to inform them how the patient and their heart react and adapt to the activity. Patients also learn how to take their pulse, determine their exercise intensity and exercise at a level that allows them maximum benefits.

Care for ventricular assist device patients

During the activity sessions, the Waxahachie Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry system to keep them informed of how the patient and the patient’s heart is reacting and adapting to activity.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

For pulmonary rehabilitation activity sessions, you will be monitored for any shortness of breath during exercise. The team uses a small, non-invasive fingertip pulse oximeter to observe your blood's oxygen level and monitor your heart rate. For those dependent on oxygen therapy, oxygen will be readily available.

Those participating in pulmonary rehab will also learn to regulate exercise intensity to support and improve their health.

Supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease

During supervised exercise therapy (SET) for peripheral artery disease (PAD) sessions, you are encouraged to complete three sessions per week supervised by an interdisciplinary team of nurses, an exercise physiologist and a dietitian. To build your strength and exercise tolerance, you will be encouraged to reach a pain tolerance level and continue to improve your tolerance during each session.


Discuss the program with your physician and request a referral if you feel you could benefit from Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Enrollment in the program does require a physician referral.

The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic is located on the Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie campus at:

2460 N Interstate 35E
Ste 255
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Llamar a 469.843. 7260

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