Medical Plaza South
The Rehab Center’s Cardiac Rehab program emphasizes exercise and education to decrease risk factors and improve the health of patients with heart or lung disease. The registered nurses, respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, registered pharmacists, physicians, and cardiologists take great care in advancing patients’ physical fitness in a controlled, safe environment as well as adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Regional West Medical Center’s cardiac rehab program is nationally certified by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and goes through a rigorous process to meet and exceed the essential standards of care for Cardiac Rehab patients.
Our staff has years of experience and specialty certifications specific to the care of cardiac and pulmonary patients. They serve as consultants and educators to their patients, spouses, and other staff members, as well as the community, by volunteering to provide heart healthy education in their daily work as well as community wellness events throughout the year.
Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to give each patient an individual plan for recovery from heart disease or surgery. Cardiac rehab is an outpatient exercise and education program designed for people recently diagnosed with heart problems such as:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery bypass or heart valve surgery
- Angioplasty and stents
- Congestive heart failure
In an effort to help patients reach and maximize their goals, the Rehab Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program offers:
- Medically supervised exercise
- Personalized risk factor management
- Treatment compliance monitoring
- Individualized education
How does cardiac rehab work?
Your physician will refer you to cardiac rehab following a heart event. Cardiac rehab meets three days a week for approximately one to one and one half hours. You will gradually increase your activity while nursing staff monitors your EKG, heart rate, blood pressure, and exercise tolerance.
We offer weekly education classes designed to help you learn more about your heart and treatment. Regional West's dieticians, pharmacists, and other staff will help you make changes to reduce your heart disease risk. Our patients often remark how much more confidence, energy, and physical ability they have after cardiac rehab. Most insurance, including Medicare, approves outpatient cardiac rehab.