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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation are individualized programs of exercise and education to help patients with heart or lung disease obtain an optimal state of health. Our team works with each individual and their physician to develop an individualized plan of care.

The programs consist of two parts:

  • Exercising Training to help you exercise safely, strengthen your muscles and get your energy back. Cardiac response is evaluated during monitored exercise sessions which include walking, biking, weight-lifting and other heart-strengthening activities.
  • Education & Counseling to help you understand your heart condition and find ways to change unhealthy habits to new, healthy ones. Patients establish goals for life in diet, exercise, weight-loss, blood pressure control, lipid management, smoking cessation and stress management.

Benefits

  • Improvement in activity tolerance and exercise capacity.
  • Reduction in risk factors for heart disease.
  • Decrease in symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath.
  • Helping patients feel better faster.
  • Living longer.
  • Reducing stress.

Cardiac Rehab can help you reach many goals such as:

  • Weight Training
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Weight Management
  • Cholesterol Control
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Diabetes Control
  • Eating Healthy
  • Stress Management
  • High Blood Pressure Control
  • Taking Medications (as needed)

Who can participate in Cardiac Rehab?

A physician referral is required, but in general, patients are eligible to participate if they have or have had:

  • Angioplasty or Stent Placement
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Established diagnosis of Coronary Artery (heart) Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Stable Angina

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The three primary objectives of pulmonary rehabilitation are:

  • To control, reduce, and alleviate the symptoms and complications of chronic pulmonary disease.
  • To train the individual how to reach the highest possible level of independent function within the limitations of pulmonary disease.
  • To train the individual to self-manage activities of daily living consistent with the disease process.