Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac and pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program of Providence Hospital is a medically supervised, rehabilitative program designed for persons with heart and lung disease. The Fit For Life program meets the AHA and ACSM equipment and personnel requirements to be classified as a level 5 facility (the highest rating for fitness facilities). RN’s, Certified Exercise Specialists, certified Respiratory Therapists and a physician oversee the medically-supervised program. On-site emergency equipment includes a drug cart, oxygen and defibrillator.

The components of the program include cardiopulmonary exercise therapy, health education, and emotional support for the patients and their families. The major goal of the program is to restore participants to an active and enjoyable life-style and to reduce the risk of future cardiac or pulmonary problems and complications.

Other goals include:

  • To improve cardiopulmonary functional capacity
  • To establish safe and effective exercise practices
  • To modify risk factors in order to prevent secondary cardiac events
  • To decrease symptoms of heart and lung disease
  • To return to active employment and recreational activities
  • To improve understanding of heart and lung disease
  • To manage emotional stress
  • To improve overall quality of life

To contact the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center regarding admissions and program details, please call Rebecca Beemer at (251) 266-3319.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Providence Rehabilitation & Wellness Center’s Cardiac Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). All patients entering the program must receive a physician referral. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program accepts patients with a diagnosis of any of the following:

  • Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Angioplasty
  • Angina
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Other cardiovascular illnesses

Program Design

The program is 36 sessions (12 weeks), meeting three times weekly. An exercise prescription is prepared and individualized by and ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist. A plan of care is also implemented to meet each patient’s individual needs. During the exercise therapy sessions, blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG are closely monitored to evaluate the patient’s tolerance to exercise. For admissions information call (251) 266-2767.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program will accept a patient with a diagnosis of any of the following:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthmatic Bronchitis
  • Other Pulmonary Disorders

Program Design

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a 30-session (10-week) program meeting three times weekly. During the exercise therapy sessions, blood pressure, heart rates, ECG and pulse oximetry are closely supervised and monitored to determine the patient’s tolerance to exercise. Supplemental oxygen is provided and always available for patient needs. Emotional support is also considered to be an important component of the program for patients and their families. For admissions information, call (251) 266-2767.

A physician referral is necessary for participation in this program.

Aquatic Cardiac Rehabilitation

Aquatic Cardiac Rehabilitation

Aquatic Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACR) is a medically supervised aquatic aerobic exercise program held in a swimming pool to promote healthy cardiorespiratory fitness. ACR classes are designed for patients with coronary atherosclerotic disease or pulmonary disease, who have orthopedic limitations preventing them from participating in traditional land based rehabilitation. The ACR classes are supervised by a physician, registered nurses, and exercise physiologist and are instructed by a certified aerobic instructor. Call (251) 266-2767 for admissions information.

Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation

This program is designed for those who suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease, ischemia (reduced blood flow) of the arteries in the legs causing pain when walking. Class times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Physician referral is required. Call (251) 266-2767 for admissions information.