What is Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation) is a supervised exercise program that includes education, nutritional counselling, stress management, smoking cessation, and other lifestyle changes designed to prevent or reverse the development of heart and lung disease. The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation team is made up of highly trained and skilled professionals working for you.
The goals of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation include creating an individualized plan to regenerate your heart and lungs, to help you regain strength, prevent your condition from worsening, reduce your risk of developing heart or lung problems in the future, and improve your function, health and quality of life.
Most insurance companies provide coverage for these Medicare-approved diagnoses and others, such as heart failure. However, this varies from one carrier to another. Phelps Health completes its patient coverage verification before the program begins.
What to expect from cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation?
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services begin to get to know you better. First, we will assess your physical health and activity. During this assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your current situation and review your needs, interests and goals with our staff. Together, we can develop a customized treatment plan.
Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation includes specialized exercise programs two or three times a week in our facilities with medical supervision. Your oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure and other health measures may be monitored to ensure that exercise is performed safely and effectively.
Under the guidance of the medical director, we will also provide targeted education to help you manage your condition. Subjects we survey incorporate physiology, sustenance, weight the board, smoking suspension, stress the executives, prescription and overseeing explicit manifestations.
The benefits include Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
- Better quality of life
- Improve the ability to perform daily activities
- Reduced symptoms of diseases and conditions
- More energy, less shortness of breath, &easier breathing
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduced hospital admissions and re-admissions
How Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation help?
The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program is managed by a skilled and experienced team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and exercise specialists. We work closely with your doctor to create a program to meet your specific needs and track your ongoing progress.
The length of time you spend in our program depends on your needs, but on average patients spend about 12 weeks with us. During that time, you will enjoy weekly sessions with our team members dedicated to your Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. May include sessions:
- Medically Controlled Exercise: Your exercise sessions are medically monitored and are designed to improve your physical endurance and to help you create an appropriate exercise program.
- Nutrition: Through nutritional education taught by our registered dietitian, you will learn to follow a heart-healthy eating plan. Our employees emphasize a realistic approach to managing weight and improving cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Relaxation and stress management techniques: Our staff will teach you relaxation and stress management strategies. You will learn deep breathing and focus techniques that stimulate the relaxation response, which, when performed regularly, reduce stress and restore a sense of control and well-being.
- Education: Our staff will help you learn many ways to manage and cope with your illness or condition. We have many educational opportunities on the program, including online access to many of our educational resources: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation education.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation phases:
Phase I begins while patients are in the hospital. Members of the health care team will provide patients with information about cardiac rehabilitation and ask questions about their health.
Phase II is the first outpatient phase of the program. Patients practice in the cardiovascular restoration division while a gifted clinical group directs their reaction to the activity. All patients in Phase II are monitored using telemetry throughout the duration of their individual program. The second phase is a 12-week program consisting of 36 sessions. Most sessions are 30-60 minutes long, three days a week.
Phase III begins upon completion of the second stage or when it is considered medically appropriate. Patients may proceed with a supervised cardiac rehabilitation program with less monitoring, or a home exercise program may be designed for them.
What are the benefits of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
- It improves the functioning of the heart & lungs
- Prevents and treats high blood pressure
- Improves blood cholesterol
- It reduces symptoms and reduces the chances of another heart attack
- Boosts energy levels
- It reduces stress and releases stress
- Eliminates anxiety and depression.
- Establishes healthy heart and lung habits
- It improves self-image, self-confidence, and provides emotional support