Cardiac rehabilitation is for people who are recovering from a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement/repair, transplants, or congestive heart failure in the last year.
The program consists of telemetry-monitored exercise sessions three days per week for a total of 12 weeks. Along with performing regular exercise, patients attend educational classes. Classes include topics that address risk factor modification, diabetes, exercise needs, nutrition, angina, and nitroglycerin use. All classes aim to increase each patient’s knowledge base, so they can make informed health decisions.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is also offered for people diagnosed with chronic or restrictive lung disease, pneumoconiosis, pulmonary hypertension, or who have had lung transplant surgery. Educational offerings provided include classes discussing diaphragmatic and pursed lip breathing, energy conservation, nutrition, supplemental oxygen, and more.
Medicare and a majority of commercial insurance providers cover both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. All patients taking part in these programs must be referred by their physician.