What We Do

Emory’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program / HeartWise℠ Risk Reduction Program (HeartWise℠) helps patients reduce their risk of heart disease. Cardiac Rehabilitation / HeartWise℠ serves not only patients who currently suffer from heart disease, but also aims to identify those who could be candidates for problems down the road (smokers, people who do not exercise, a person with high blood pressure), and try to lead them down a healthier path.

Our Mission:

  • To provide optimal preventive and cardiac rehabilitative services, using a multidisciplinary approach tailored to the individual to assist with lifestyle changes.
  • To identify risk factors leading to heart disease and to provide treatment goals and strategies for reducing such risks.
  • To provide knowledge and skills needed to prevent heart disease recurrence, repeat procedures and hospitalization.

We can help anyone at risk for developing coronary artery disease and those with established heart or blood vessel disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Phase 1

Phase 1 is considered an inpatient service for patients who have already had a cardiac event. It often includes physical therapy and patient education regarding risk factor reduction.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Phase 2 individualized programs

Phase 2 is an outpatient service is specifically designed for patients who have experienced a heart attack, heart valve disease (repair or replacement), or controlled chest pain or heart procedures, such as balloon angioplasty, stents, coronary artery bypass surgery or heart transplantation. The program is individualized for each patient and is aimed at helping patients return to a productive life, improve exercise capacity, self-confidence, reduce activity related symptoms and manage heart disease risk factors. All exercise training is done with continuous electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring (telemetry) which gives patients instant feedback regarding their work level (measures heart rate and heart rhythm). A medical team consisting of nurses, exercise specialists, cardiologists, and registered dietitians medically supervise all patients. This team works together to help patients meet their goals and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation is usually covered by most insurance plans. One of Emory’s Cardiac Rehabilitation / HeartWise℠ Program staff can help patients with insurance and financial concerns related to cardiac rehabilitation.

Please call 404-778-2858 for more information.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Phase 3

Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation is an outpatient service for those who have graduated from a Phase 2 rehab program, or for those who would like to prevent heart disease from developing. In Phase 3 cardiac rehab patients work with Emory’s highly trained staff to develop a personalized exercise plan that will optimize a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is supervised by our staff and each patient is assigned an individual "case manager" to help implement healthy lifestyle changes. We also offer group exercise classes including aerobics, chair exercise, water aerobics, and yoga to Phase 3 members.

Please call 404-778-2858 for more information.

Optimal Living Program

The Optimal Living Program is an eight-week jumpstart to a heart healthy lifestyle. This program is for patients without heart disease but who can benefit from personalized exercise and dietary mentoring. Patients receive one-on-one exercise and dietary counseling and supervised exercise training with staff. Patients also receive personalized fitness and diet evaluations, individualized goals, strength training, weekly nutrition education and a life plan to continue the positive changes started in the program. Learn more about the Optimal Living Program.

Community Education Classes

HeartWise℠ programming aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also identify people who could be candidates for heart complications in the future, including those who smoke, do not exercise, or have high blood pressure. These classes are offerred twice a month Lectures are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road Northeast, on the 5th Floor Conference Room. Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat.

Echocardiography

Emory offers a variety carotid ultrasonography, limited abdominal ultrasonography, bubble studies, transthoracic echocardiography and stress echocardiography. Learn more.

Exercise stress testing

Some examples of exercise stress testing are six-minute walk, bicycle and treadmill tests. For more detailed information visit our heart failure site.

Heart Disease Screening Program

As an ongoing commitment to your cardiovascular health, Emory Healthcare provides comprehensive heart disease / coronary artery calcium screenings for only $150 (our competitors offer this same program for more than $500).

This comprehensive cardiovascular screening includes:

• Coronary artery calcium scoring (CT heart scan)
• Blood pressure
• Lipid profile including cholesterol
• Vascular age
• Fasting blood glucose
Framingham risk score to detect potential cardiovascular problems

Your CT scan will be read by an Emory cardiologist and an Emory radiologist who both sub-specialize in interpreting and diagnosing cardiothoracic abnormalities and diseases. Heart Disease CT Scans are offered at three convenient Emory locations: Druid Hills, Midtown and Johns Creek.

Heart Disease Support Groups

Love and Courage Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors
Sponsored by the Emory Office of Community Affairs, the "Love and Courage Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors" support group is open to anyone living with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.

Louise C. Strozier, a three-year stroke survivor, formed the "Love and Courage" group as an extension of a support group she joined at Emory's Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. "My stroke experience led me on a journey of trying to locate available resources," she said. "I wasn't able to do that until I came to Emory and learned about the stroke support group, which has been very helpful to me. I was able to meet other survivors and find genuine warmth and acceptance."

The "Love and Courage Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors" support group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Helen S. Mills Multipurpose Facility at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE Atlanta. For directions, call 404-523-3353. For more information on the support group, call Louise Strozier at 404-758-3555.

Mended Hearts Program
Affiliated with the American Heart Association, the Mended Hearts Program provides support for heart disease and stroke patients and their families. The program is run by heart disease and stroke survivors. Former patients often visit current patients in Emory Hospitals. The group also offers monthly support group meetings.

LDL Apheresis - A New Therapy to Removed Cholesterol from Plasma

LDL apheresis is a procedure that selectively removes harmful Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) from the bloodstream and returns the other blood components (blood cells, proteins, antibodies, and HDL) back to the body. Emory is the only Georgia facility to provide this procedure. Learn more.

Nutrition and exercise counseling

Nutrition therapy is available upon physician referral. Learn more.

Ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing

The most common test for PAD is the ankle-brachial index (ABI), a painless exam in which a special stethoscope is used to compare the blood pressure in your feet and arms. The blood pressure in your arms and ankles is checked using a regular blood pressure cuff and a special ultrasound stethoscope called a Doppler. The pressure in your ankle is compared to the pressure in your arm to determine how well your blood is flowing and whether further tests are needed.