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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The cardiac rehabilitation department at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is a Phase II program that provides monitored exercise and educational instruction to outpatients with heart disease. The education may cover topics like: risk modification, nutrition, medications, exercise plans and stress reduction.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is for patients after discharge from the hospital who have experienced a qualifying event or procedure. Examples of these include: heart attack, cardiac stent placement, stable chest pain, coronary artery bypass graft, heart valve repair or replacement and other cardiovascular diseases including, but not limited to chronic heart failure, peripheral artery disease and more.

For information call (641) 236-2411 or email the cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation nurse.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center offers a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program to assist individuals with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Admission to the pulmonary rehabilitation program requires that patients have a medical diagnosis of a chronic respiratory condition, and have had a pulmonary function testing that shows moderate to severe COPD.

We also see patients with other respiratory diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, lung cancer and many others. These patients should also have had a pulmonary function test completed, but there are no minimum requirements.

Individuals with chronic lung disease can be very restricted in how they lead their daily lives. The goal is to help patients function at their highest capacity through strength training and exercise, breathing training and medical management, nutrition education and emotional support.

The outpatient rehab program also encourages self-management, to decrease symptoms and complications, and ideally, reduce hospitalizations.

For information call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation center at (641) 236-2411 or email Pulmonary Rehab.