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:

OHSU cardiovascular video library

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.

Stress reduction - breath by breath class

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:

503 245-9642


Breath-by-breath class 1 handout

3-part breath

Breath awareness

Patient resources Educational resources (external links)

  • Cardiosmart
    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

Mended Hearts woman-centered survivorship program

Together with the OHSU Center for Women's Health, we host a chapter of Mended Hearts. Join us for peer-to-peer mentoring, advice from cardiovascular experts, and support as you navigate life after a heart attack or other cardiac event.

Join us: First Wednesday each month, beginning March 7, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Center for Women's Health
Kohler Pavilion, 7th Floor

For questions and more information, please contact:



Learn more about Mended Hearts