At UnityPoint Health – Peoria, our nationally accredited cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program can help you strengthen your heart and lungs and improve your overall health and quality of life.
Our medically based program includes care while you are in the hospital and short- and long-term care once you return home.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at UnityPoint Health – Peoria: Why Choose Us?
Our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation specialists will guide you through recovery with heart and lung disease. We offer personalized exercise training and lifestyle modification education.
We know how to get your heart and lungs back in shape. Our friendly and knowledgeable team includes physical therapists and exercise and nutrition specialists. We carefully assess your abilities and limitations and create a plan that's as unique as you are.
Why Do I Need Cardiac Rehab?
Studies show that cardiopulmonary rehabilitation has a positive impact on a person's heart and lung health. You may need rehabilitation if you have a heart condition or you've had a heart procedure. Our program also treats people with lung or breathing conditions.
You need a referral from your doctor before you can begin. You might be eligible for cardiopulmonary rehab if you have had:
- Heart conditions:
- Lung conditions:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema
- Heart surgery
- Heart or lung transplant
- Open-heart surgery
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: How It Works
We guide you step-by-step through each phase of rehabilitation. You'll have the tools you need to focus on physical education and healthy eating. We also monitor and offer education about your medications.
Rehab in the hospital
If you receive treatment in the hospital, we start there. Before you go home, we'll focus on improvements to help you recuperate and feel better.
The short-term outpatient monitored exercise program at our facility lasts for 8 to 12 weeks. We use an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to record your heart's activity while you exercise.
We also offer a supervised, long-term program that focuses on maintaining heart and lung health and preventing future health issues. Long-term rehab focuses on:
- Exercise: You build endurance while decreasing symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain. We tailor the exercise program to your needs. Your plan may include treadmills, an indoor walking track, stationary cycling and weight training.
- Education: You learn to better manage your health and improve your quality of life. Classes topics may include:
- Benefits of exercise and chronic disease
- Bone density and balance improvement
- Effects of emotions on eating
- Exercise for pulmonary disease
- Heart failure
Find a heart specialist. Or, for more information, connect with a member of our heart team by calling us at 309-672-4670.