Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Cardiac rehabilitation offered by Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, is medically supervised. It can help older children and adult congenital heart disease patients recover from a procedure. It also can help patients to live better with their heart condition.

At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, our cardiac rehabilitation program provides supervised exercise, lifestyle education, and psychological and social support. Following specifications from your child’s physician, our rehab providers will create a customized cardiac rehab program.

The Norton Children’s Heart Institute cardiac rehabilitation program offers:

  • Consultations and supervision from our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
  • Exercise monitored by a cardiac rehab professional
  • Individualized cardiovascular exercise and activity training
  • Blood pressure and continuous electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) monitoring
  • Education on heart health, medication and lifestyle choices

The Norton Children’s cardiac rehabilitation program provides exercise and education to help adult patients and pediatric patients feel better, increase endurance and improve their overall quality of life.

Norton Children’s Heart Institute is the leading provider of pediatric heart care in Louisville and Southern Indiana.  Our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians with Norton Children’s Heart Institute have the experience to tailor a cardiac rehabilitation program to best fit your child’s needs.

Norton Children’s has a network of outreach diagnostic and treatment services conveniently located throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Benefits of Pediatric Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab for children and adults with congenital heart disease can:

  • Reduce shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue
  • Reduce emotional stress, depression and anxiety
  • Improve muscle tone, flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase energy level
  • Strengthen the body
  • Speed return to work, school and other activities

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified our cardiothoracic surgeons in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Adult Congenital Heart Association has accredited Norton Children’s Heart Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program as the only comprehensive care center in Kentucky and Indiana treating adults born with a heart defect.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has offices across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to bring quality pediatric heart care closer to home.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association has recognized Norton Children's Heart Institute for its expertise treating adult congenital heart disease.

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