Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Sarasota Memorial is designed to improve the health and quality of life of people living with heart, lung and vascular disease, and to help those managing chronic diseases lead active, productive lives.
Whether you’ve had a heart attack or heart transplant, asthma or emphysema, our team of cardiovascular and pulmonary specialists will review your personal and medical history to customize a rehabilitation plan that will help you meet your individual needs and personal health and wellness goals. Cardiopulmonary Rehab plans often include trainer-led exercise at HealthFit, Sarasota Memorial's medically integrated fitness center, or participation in the Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which is among the 70+ specialized classes and programs offered at the Clark Road campus.
Our cardiopulmonary team comprises an experienced multidisciplinary team of specialists, including:
- Respiratory therapists
- Exercise physiologists
Ornish Reversal Program/ Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation
As part of Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Sarasota Memorial offers an intensive cardiac rehab program. Covered by Medicare, the nine-week program combines intensive cardiac rehabilitation, meal preparation based on the Ornish Diet (rated as the best diet for heart health by U.S. News & World Report); stress management techniques; and social support for those who want to lower their cholesterol, blood pressure and reverse cardiovascular disease without medications or surgery. Call 941-917-6139 or visit www.Ornish.com for more information.
Rehab for PAD Patients
Sarasota Memorial also offers a specialized rehabilitation program for patients managing peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the arms and legs. Certified Exercise Physiologists prescribe customized exercise plans for each patient and provide disease-management education. Patients participate in the Physiologist-supervised walking therapy two to three times each week over 12 weeks, up to 36 sessions.
Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Sarasota Memorial’s PAD Rehab is offered at two convenient locations: the Health Care Center at Clark Road and the Health Care Center at North Port. It has been shown to reduce patients’ leg cramps, maximize endurance and enable them to walk further, without pain.
Physician-prescribed exercise is covered by many insurance plans, Medicare and Medicare replacements. For more information, call 941-917-6139 (Sarasota) or 941-257-2850 (North Port).
Request an Appointment
A physician referral is required. For information or to request an appointment, please call 941-917-6139
(Sarasota) or 941-257-2850