Cardiac Rehab

The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program at Baptist Health Systems is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Accredited by the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Baptist's cardiac rehab program includes exercise and education to help patients learn ways to lead healthier lifestyles. Combined with medical or surgical treatments, cardiac rehab can help patients feel better and reduce their risk for future heart problems. Almost everyone with heart disease can benefit from some type of cardiac rehab. No one is too old or too young. Women benefit from cardiac rehab as much as men.

You can benefit from Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program if you:

  • have heart disease, such as angina, or have had a heart attack
  • have had coronary bypass surgery, balloon (PTCA) or a stent procedure on your heart

Cardiac rehab offers a safe and effective way to help you:

  • Feel better faster
  • Get stronger
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce the risks of future heart problems
  • Live longer

How Does Cardiac Rehab Work?

The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program at Baptist has two major parts, exercise training and education.

Exercise Training

We will help you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and improve your stamina. Your exercise plan will be based on your individual ability, needs, and interest. Monitoring how your heart reacts and adapts to exercise is an important part of cardiac rehab. You will be connected to an EKG transmitter while you exercise.


We provide counseling and training to help you understand your heart condition and find ways to reduce your risk of future heart problems. At Baptist, the cardiac rehab team will help you learn how to cope with stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and dealing with your fears about the future. Cardiac rehab also helps you recognize any unhealthy habits you may have and establish new, healthier ones in their place. The controllable risk factors for coronary disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes and stress. At Baptist, cardiac rehab can help you do this.

During rehab, you will meet for 90-minute sessions three times a week. Your cardiac rehab may last from four weeks to three months.

The Cardiac Rehab Team

Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program involves many health care providers, all with extensive cardiovascular experience. Your team will include:

Physician Medical Director: Thomas L. Kilgore, MD, is the medical director of Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab program. As the surgeon who performed Mississippi's first open heart surgery in a private hospital, Dr. Kilgore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the care and rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

  • Registered Nurses
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise Physiologist

Also available when needed:

  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist

The most important member of the cardiac rehab team is you. You are the one who will determine to exercise, quit smoking and eat a healthier diet. To be an active member of the cardiac rehab team:

Learn about your heart disease

  • Learn what you can do to help your heart
  • Follow your treatment plan
  • Feel free to ask questions
  • Report any symptoms or problems

The goals of cardiac rehab are:

  • Improved quality of life
  • To become or remain self-sufficient
  • To reduce risk of further heart problem
  • To reduce risk of future hospitalization
  • To return to work and/or active lifestyle

When Does Cardiac Rehab Begin?

Cardiac rehab begins in the hospital after a heart attack, heart surgery or other heart treatment. It continues in an outpatient setting after you leave the hospital. Once you learn the habits of heart-healthy living, stick with them for life.

How Do I Get Started?

You need your doctor's approval to get started in cardiac rehab. Tell you doctor or nurse that you are interested in Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program. You may call or have your physician's office call for further information.

Baptist Outpatient Cardiac Rehab

Located lower level Baptist Healthplex-Jackson, 1190 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39202, 601-292-4211

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