Specialized Services

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Physician Referral Required

There was a time when patients with heart disease were sent home and told to stay in bed. Those days, however, are gone. Research documents the overwhelming benefits of monitored exercise for all types of cardiac conditions—and the St. Jude Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation specializes in bringing those benefits to patients.

This comprehensive program helps people recover from heart attack and heart disease, as well as help those at risk to improve their health and healthy lifestyle. Through a carefully designed blend of exercise therapy, education, and support we can help you recover faster, reduce your risk of future heart problems, and give you more energy to do the things you enjoy. Many of our patients feel better after completing our program than they did before their heart attack.

The multidisciplinary rehabilitation team includes a physician, psychologist, advance practice cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, educators and registered dietitians—each contributing their expertise to ensure your successful recovery.

The program takes patients, who meet the criteria, through every stage of recovery. In the beginning, individualized cardiac-monitored exercise sessions are combined with ongoing education to learn heart healthy eating, stress management, and lifestyle changes. Later, you can continue to improve your health under the supervision of an experienced cardiac staff while enjoying the convenience of picking when and how often you want to exercise. The program offers the best of both worlds: guidance and support from highly trained therapists and cardiac nurses, as well as the sophisticated equipment and energy level of a fitness center. To learn more, call (714) 992-3000, ext. 3789.

Congestive Heart Failure Program: Physician Referral Required

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the nation’s most expensive—and most deadly—conditions. It is the leading cause of hospitalization for those over 65 and, in addition to a dramatic decline in quality of life, CHF results in five-year mortality rate of 50 percent.

St. Jude is a leader in showing just how much these statistics can be changed. Through one-on-one education, personalized diet and exercise programs, telephone monitoring and medical management, our innovative Congestive Heart Failure Program can help you stabilize and reverse the damage of heart failure. The results? Dramatically improved outcomes: While the national average for each CHF patient is almost three hospital admissions per year, the hospital admission rate for our patients is significantly reduced. To learn more about this program talk to your doctor.

Coumadin Clinic: St. Jude Heritage Physician Referral Required

For those taking Coumadin or other blood thinners, frequent monitoring to measure the medication’s effect is essential. The St. Jude Heritage Medical Group Coumadin Clinic offers an easy and convenient solution: patients make an appointment, are seen promptly, have their blood tested (a finger stick puncture) and receive on-the-spot results. If your dosage needs to be adjusted, our clinical staff, who specialize in anticoagulation therapy, will discuss the change “face to face"—no more waiting days for lab results delivered via a phone call. Equally important, this cardiologist-supervised clinic offers personalized education about Coumadin, tailored to address specific needs and questions.

Patients are referred to the Coumadin Clinic by their St. Jude Heritage physician. Because of our state-of-the-art electronic medical records, your medical history and health information is instantly available whenever you are seen—and updated with each test result. This ensures your cardiologist is immediately aware of lab results and any dosage adjustment. To learn more about this program talk to your doctor.