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Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness

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New and Current Patients
(858) 249-1308
Patients are usually referred to us by a doctor but are welcome to call us for help with this process.

 UC San Diego Health – La Jolla
Jacobs Medical Center, 1st Floor

If you have heart disease or have experienced a cardiac event or surgery, our cardiac rehabilitation and wellness program can help you change your lifestyle, improve your diet and fitness, and provide you with the tools to stay on your new path.

Led by Pam Taub, MD, FACC, our cardiac rehabilitation program is one of the largest in the nation and is conducting innovative research.

We are housed in Jacobs Medical Center and offer state-of-the-art exercise and monitoring equipment, exam rooms, a teaching kitchen and multipurpose room, all designed to enhance our patients’ health and lives. 


The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), which recognizes our commitment to providing high quality patient care and services.

Meet Our Cardiac Rehab Specialists

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A Team of Experts

Our team also includes experts from many disciplines, including:cardiac rehabilitation patient on exercise bike with Dr. Pam Taub

  • Registered nurses
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Fitness instructors (tai chi, yoga, etc.)
  • Program manager and staff

We start with a medical evaluation to determine your needs and any limitations you may have. Our team uses this information to customize a program that includes exercise, nutrition, counseling and education to promote heart-healthy living.

Patients We Serve

We work with patients who have experienced one or more of the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Current stable angina
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary angioplasty or coronary stenting
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Congestive heart failure
  • VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) procedure
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease 

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation can:cardiac rehabilitation kitchen and yoga space

  • Reduce the risk of a future heart-related event
  • Decrease the frequency and severity of chest pain
  • Lower the likelihood of future surgery
  • Lessen dependence on medications
  • Lower cholesterol, control weight and improve blood pressure
  • Increase capacity for exercise
  • Improve quality of life by decreasing depression and/or anxiety

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

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Our program includes:

  • Individually monitored exercise sessions using the latest equipment
  • Cardiovascular exercise using a treadmill, bike or rowing machine, or a plan for walking or jogging
  • Monitoring improvement or changes in your symptoms by a healthcare professional
  • A program that starts slowly and builds as you get stronger
  • Strength training if suitable, as determined by your doctor
  • Ongoing monitoring of your heart rate, blood pressure and your ECG readings
  • Education on heart-healthy living, including nutrition and cooking
  • Counseling for help with stress reduction and active living

Medicare and most insurances reimburse up to 36, one-hour sessions.

Improving your heart health is a team effort. You will partner with us, along with family and friends, to take charge of your life.