Health Education and Information
Adjusting to life after a heart attack or surgery can be challenging. Cardiac rehabilitation is important to your recovery.
It provides medically monitored exercise, education and counseling that help you return to your regular activities as soon as possible. Cardiac rehabilitation also teaches you the skills necessary for adopting healthier eating, stress management and lifestyle habits.
We offer a variety of resources to help. They include:
Do you want to learn more about how your heart works and how to keep it healthy? Our video library is full of information about conditions, treatments, what to expect during a procedure and other helpful tips.Browse through our complete cardiovascular video library
Heart Protection Kitchen healthy cooking demonstrationsRecipes for everyday meals.
- Japanese-inspired meal, taught by Dr. Bart Duell (April 2017)
Recipes include: Okonomiyaki, edamame, and tofu and eggplant Dengaku with miso topping
- Northern African tagine, taught by Dr. Jonathan Lindner (February 2017)
Recipes include: chicken tagine over whole-wheat couscous
- Plant-based winter meal (January 2017)
Recipes include: Apple-arugula salad with lemon dressing; vegetable stew with beans and pasta; bakes apples
- Holiday appetizers and sides (December 2016)
Recipes include: Salmon cakes with cucumber-dill yogurt sauce; kale and Brussels sprouts salad; pumpkin-cranberry granola bars
- Heart-healthy Italian (November 2016)
Recipes include: Spinach and artichoke salad, chicken cacciatore with polenta
- An autumn celebration menu (October 2016)
Recipes include: Moroccan chicken, Middle Eastern-style chickpeas and barley, lemon-satéed mustard greens and chard, honey-glazed carrots with cumin and coriander seeds
- Menu for a late summer celebration (September 2016)
Recipes include: Mediterranean lemon-herb chicken kebabs; tzatziki; avocado-eggplant relish; Provencal brown rice and green lentil pilaf
- Summer fiesta menu (August 2016)
Recipes include: Grilled salmon tacos with avocado and corn pico de gallo; watermelon and summer berry salad with watercress; black turtle beans with lime yogurt crema & fire-roasted red pepper-tomato salsa
- Mediterranean summer menu (July 2016)
Recipes include: Pita sandwiches with garden falafel patties; baba ganoush; tom thumb tomato compote; tzatziki; bruschetta with fresh strawberries
- Heart-healthy menu, taught by Dr. Kevin Wei (June 2016)
Recipes include: Chicken kebabs; microwave-steamed salmon, Cantonese-style; roasted vegetables with balsamic vinegar
- Turkey sausages with farro-cherry Salad (May 2016)
Recipes include: Grilled turkey & mushroom sausages; early summer salad with farro, cherries, & walnuts; and individual berry trifles
- Heart-healthy spring menu (April 2016)
Recipes include: Slow cooker garlic chicken; brown rice pilaf with asparagus and mushrooms; strawberry rhubarb crisp
- Heart-healthy Indian meal, taught by Dr. Sanjiv Kaul (March 2016)
Recipes include: Chicken & broccoli, Kashmiri-style; daal (mixed beans & lentils), Punjabi-style; and red cabbage, Bengali-style
- Salmon pouches (February 2016)
Recipes include: orange brûlée, arugula, and escarole salad; salmon with herbs and winter vegetables in pouches
- Heart-healthy breakfast (January 2016)
Recipes include: granola parfaits; oatmeal pancakes with cardamom and apricots; and smoky apple, chayote, and sweet potato hash with poached egg
- Heart-healthy Thanksgiving dinner (November 2015)
Recipes include: roasted beet and tart apple salad, roasted delicate squash with quinoa salad, cranberry sauce, cauliflower “stuffing,” and roasted turkey
- Mediterranean kebabs (August 2015)
Recipes include: Mediterranean lemon-herb chicken kebabs, tzatziki (Greek-style yogurt sauce), Provençal lentil and brown rice pilaf, baba ganoush (Middle Eastern eggplant-tomato relish) with avocado
- Southwestern (September 2015)
Recipes include: autumn melon cooler, jicama and chayote salad with lime and spice-toasted pumpkin seeds, southwestern-style chicken pozole
- Flavors of west India (October 2015)
Recipes include: fall vegetables and tofu with flavors of western India, farro and black nile barley with cardamom, tomato, onion cachumber and carrot koshumbir
- Winter vegetarian meal (December 2015)
Recipes include: Pear-ginger salad, winter vegetable ragout with greens and grains, and cranberry bars
Mindfulness is a practice of moment-to-moment observation, and can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life. This is a powerful adjunct to therapy or medical treatment, and has proven beneficial for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and chronic pain disorders.
Mindfulness based stress reduction teaches the participants specific skills to develop greater presence of mind, concentration, deep relaxation, and mental and emotional clarity.
For questions, room location and times, please contact:
Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., e.R.Y.T.
- Maintaining an active lifestyle
- Common barriers to exercise
- Developing S.M.A.R.T. goals
- Sample exercise plans
- Exercise logs
- Discharge packet (contains all discharge paperwork below)
My heart-healthy plate
Use the My Heart-Healthy Plate guide to help you make smart choices about the food you eat.
CardioSmart is the patient education and empowerment initiative brought to you by the American College of Cardiology. Our mission is to help individuals prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.
- AHA cardiology patient page
- “Just a little heart attack”
By the Go Red for Women editors. Elizabeth Banks is known for her comedic acting style, but acknowledges there’s nothing funny about a heart attack. Despite its lighthearted approach, this video is meant to be a wake-up call for busy women who tend to ignore common symptoms.
- “23.5 hours”
Narrated by Dr. Mike Evans, 23.5 hours is a short video on the benefit physical activity can have on our health and wellbeing.
- “Drop everything and exercise”
By the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, was filmed this video at a Harvard Continuing Medical Education Course, and shows you 10 minutes of exercise you can do anywhere.
- “Time to act on obesity” - Watch the video
- "How stress affects your body" - Watch the video
- "Understanding Heart Failure" - Watch the video