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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab

If you have a heart or lung condition, Campbell County Memorial Health Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehab programs can help you get healthy and function independently as quickly and safely as possible.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

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

Getting Started
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.

Exercise Training
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

Getting Started
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 insurance qualification.

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.

About the Classes

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes are conducted in an encouraging, controlled environment and supervised by personnel trained to handle emergencies with certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Both programs are under the direction of a licensed physician. Cardiac Rehabilitation staff are also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.