At NYU Langone, dietitians, nurses, rehabilitation experts, psychologists, and social workers provide the support you need after treatment for coronary artery disease. They can help prevent future cardiovascular problems in a variety of ways.
For people who have open heart surgery, NYU Langone offers both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services through the Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Center, which is part of the nationally renowned Rusk Rehabilitation.
NYU Langone’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program begins shortly after open heart surgery. The goals are to help improve mobility and endurance, prevent infection, and reduce the odds of developing bed sores. A team of specialists, including physiatrists, doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine; occupational and physical therapists; and vocational rehabilitation experts offers a variety of services to help you avoid future cardiovascular problems, including a heart attack.
Some people with coronary artery disease are diagnosed—through stress tests—with ischemia, a reduction in the blood flow to the heart that occurs during exertion. Doctors typically manage ischemia, which is caused by narrowed arteries, with medications and lifestyle changes to improve blood flow to the heart.
These medications can reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, lower blood pressure, or reduce the risk of developing blood clots to decrease the risk of a heart attack. Sometimes, procedures such as implanting stents to open narrowed blood vessels or bypass surgery to manage narrowed or blocked arteries are also used.
NYU Langone is leading an international clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to determine the best way to manage ischemia in people whose condition is stable, meaning they aren’t currently experiencing a heart attack. The ISCHEMIA Study compares the effectiveness of medications and lifestyle changes with more invasive procedures, which are used in combination with these other therapies, for the treatment of people with ischemia caused by coronary artery disease.
Some people become depressed after major heart surgery. Your doctor can refer you to our social workers and psychologists, who provide counseling. You can also participate in cardiovascular support groups through Rusk Rehabilitation.
At NYU Langone, registered dietitians can create a heart-healthy diet plan to help you lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, and manage diabetes.
Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.