The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. A patient must be referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation by a physician. Once the paperwork is obtained and verified as appropriate, the patient will be scheduled for an initial evaluation. After the evaluation, the patient is then scheduled for a class time and starting date.
Patients are seen in groups of up to four per class. Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM for sessions that are approximately one hour in length. A patient may continue attending the classes until their goals are met or he or she has received up to 36 sessions, depending on the patient’s insurance company.
Patients are monitored constantly and EKG (electrocardiogram) strips are printed for every occurrence. Heart rates and blood pressures are recorded frequently, along with MET levels achieved. A patient’s trends are printed periodically and are sent to the physician, along with progress reports. Blood glucose monitoring is available for diabetics and oximetry is available for patients suffering from lung disease.
Currently, Cardiac Rehabilitation accepts patients with these diagnoses which are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Other diagnoses may also be covered, but must be pre-approved before admission into the program.
Acute myocardial infarction within the preceding 12 months
Current stable angina
Coronary bypass graft within the preceding 12 months
Heart valve repair or replacement
Heart or heart/lung transplant.
Education is provided on several topics related to the recovery and management of heart disease.
The treatment room is equipped with Quinton treadmills, Monark upper body ergometers, a SciFit recumbent bicycle/arm ergometer, Nustep recumbent steppers, and Biodex recumbent elliptical steppers. Additional equipment includes therabands and hand weights.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is located on the first floor of the hospital, Room 124.