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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

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, Wednesday, and Fridays between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM 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
  • S/P PTCA
  • Heart or heart/lung transplant.

Education is provided on nutrition, energy conservation, stress management, smoking cessation, medication usage, body composition analysis, stretching and flexibility, THR and pulse taking, diabetes, lab values, vitamins, and cardiac anatomy.

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.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. A patient must have been referred to Pulmonary Rehabilitation by a physician.  Once the paperwork is obtained and verified as appropriate, the patient will be scheduled for an evaluation.  Then the patient is given a class time.  Classes have up to four patients per class and meet three times a week for approximately one hour.  A patient may continue with classes until his or her goals have been met, or up to 24-36 sessions, depending on the patient’s insurance company.

The patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, oximetry monitoring and blood glucose (for diabetics) are recorded frequently, along with MET levels.  Patient trends are printed periodically and sent to the physician, along with a staff member’s assessment of the patient.  EKG recording is available upon request by the physician.

The outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program treats patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Education is provided on nutrition, energy conservation, stress management, smoking cessation, medication usage, body composition analysis, stretching and flexibility, THR and pulse taking, diabetes, lab values, vitamins, and pulmonary anatomy.

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 stepper.  Additional equipment includes therabands and hand weights.  Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the first floor of the hospital, Room 124.