What is TAKEheart?
TAKEheart is an AHRQ initiative to help hospitals increase participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CR). CR is a medically supervised secondary prevention program that provides patient-centric education, risk factor mitigation, supervised exercise training, and psychosocial support to improve cardiovascular health.
Despite CR's many documented health and cost benefits, it has long been underutilized; fewer than a third of patients eligible to participate in CR do so. The TAKEheart initiative was designed to reverse this long-standing trend by developing training and actionable guidance for hospitals wishing to implement strategies to boost CR referrals and enrollment.
TAKEheart training modules and related materials were originally developed to support over 100 hospitals as they worked in real time with AHRQ-provided guidance and coaching, to implement two proven strategies—automatic referral and enhanced care coordination—for increasing patient participation in their CR programs. These resources have been updated, based on these hospitals' experiences, and redesigned to enable any hospital interested in implementing these strategies to do so independently and at their own pace.
Additional TAKEheart resources available for download include webinars featuring CR champions from diverse hospitals sharing knowledge about strategies for addressing common challenges to CR participation and for better supporting traditionally underserved populations.
The TAKEheart Initiative: Origins, Evolution, and Proven Strategies for Improvement
The Case for Cardiac Rehab
The Four Pillars of TAKEheart and How They Can Benefit Your Hospital
Get Web-based Guidance for Hospitals
Access free, online TAKEheart training modules to learn how to implement evidence-based strategies.
Spread the Word About the Value of CR
Access materials to help you inform others about the benefits of CR, barriers to participation, and evidence-based solutions.
Learn About What's Worked
Leverage knowledge and resources shared by CR champions nationwide for tackling challenges.
Learn about the latest advancements and opportunities for engagement from TAKEheart partner organizations.