Cardiac Rehabilitation

A nuclear stress test, also called a myocardial perfusion imaging test, measures how much blood is in your child’s heart muscle at rest and while exercising.

It can identify the cause of angina— unexplained chest pain that can happen with exercise. If your child has congenital heart disease, a nuclear stress test can help measure blood supply to the heart and how well the ventricles work.

Part of the test is done while exercising or with a medication that creates stresses on the heart similar to what happens during exercise. Another part of the test captures images of the heart at rest.

The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute will use the results of a nuclear stress test to help determine the best treatment plan for your child.

A pediatric cardiac rehabilitation program supervised by experienced providers can improve the overall quality of life for children or adults with congenital heart disease.

Cardiac rehab offered by Norton Children’s Heart Institute 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 or your child’s physician, our rehab providers will provide a customized cardiac rehab program.

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

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

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s pediatric heart care among the best in the region. With our network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, your child can stay close to home for quality care.

Benefits of pediatric cardiac rehabilitation

Pediatric cardiac rehabilitation and rehab for adult congenital heart disease patients 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

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is ranked higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • 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.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to handle a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient centers in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is under construction to give our patients the most advanced cardiac intensive care unit available.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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(502) 629-2929

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