Cardiac Rehabilitation is a monitored exercise and education program for
people who have experienced a heart attack or had heart surgery, helping
them recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Cardiac Rehabilitation
classes are held with others who share similar challenges, though each
patient’s treatment plan is based on their specific risk factors
and special needs.
Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation include:
• Feel better faster
• Reduce stress
• Get stronger
• Live longer
• Reduce the risk of future heart problems
Cardiac Rehabilitation usually begins in the hospital after a heart attack,
heart surgery or other cardiac event, and continues in an outpatient setting
after patients leave the hospital. Patients are referred by their physician
and have an initial interview and orientation with one of our nurses,
who will help choose a convenient time of day to attend classes, which
are held three days per week.
Patients learn how to exercise safely to strengthen and maintain a healthy
heart. Exercise plans are based on individual needs, interests and abilities
and monitored by registered nurses.
Education and Counseling
Patients receive information to help understand their heart condition
and learn to adjust to a new lifestyle by changing their behaviors.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive outpatient education and treatment
program for people living with COPD or chronic lung disease to help them
breathe more easily, get stronger and do more in their daily lives. Pulmonary
Rehabilitation class sizes are limited to ensure that each patient receives
individualized attention, and are taught by registered nurses, respiratory
therapists, registered dietitians and medical social workers.
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Breathe more easily
• Do more everyday activities with less shortness of breath
• Feel less anxious about your medical condition
• Make fewer visits to the hospital or emergency department
The initial process for Pulmonary Rehabilitation begins with a physician
referral, followed by an interview and orientation. Some preliminary diagnostic
tests may also be needed to assist in setting up a program and to determine
What to Expect
Patients learn about the aspects of their particular lung disease and
how to manage symptoms. We teach breathing techniques to relive shortness
of breath and how to properly use medications. Another component is learning
to develop a safe, gradual exercise routine to gain strength and independence.
The group class setting provides support from others with many of the
same issues and goals.
Medicare and most insurance plans cover Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
if the patient meets the diagnostic criteria.
Find Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Location: Campbell County Memorial Hospital, 501 S. Burma Ave., Third
Floor South, Gillette, Wyoming 82716
Director: Sherry Bailey