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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a special program designed to help individuals who have suffered a heart attack or who are fighting cardiac or pulmonary disease. The program aims to help you recover faster and improve your quality of life.

The program:

• Incorporates a thorough medical evaluation, education, exercise and counseling services to meet individualized needs.

• Teaches participants about heart disease, pulmonary disease and how to cope with their physical and physiological symptoms.

Cardiac Rehab lasts up to 36 sessions, or three months, and includes monitored exercise to strengthen the heart, lungs and overall condition.

Pulmonary Rehab lasts up to 24 sessions, or six weeks, with the end goal of living an independent lifestyle even with a respiratory condition.

Education and nutrition counseling are included in both programs and is designed to assist participants in managing their condition and reducing the risk for future heart and lung problems.

Program Benefits

There are many benefits to those who undergo cardiac or pulmonary rehab including:

  • Improved heart and lung function and performance
  • Improved blood cholesterol
  • Reduced symptoms and chances of another heart attack
  • Decreased progression of cardiac and pulmonary disease
  • Mitigation of other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Establishment of healthy heart and lung habits
  • Boosted energy levels
  • Reduced shortness of breath
  • Reduced stress and tension
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-image, self-confidence
  • Added emotional support
  • Improved quality of life

Is Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab covered by insurance?

Medicare and most private insurance companies cover a major percentage of the cost of the program. Percentages of reimbursement vary so patients should check with their insurance companies to verify coverage. Most insurances are accepted.

What equipment is used in the program?

As part of the individuals may use:

  • Airdyne stationary bicycles
  • Arm Ergometer
  • EFX machine
  • Treadmills
  • Weight circuit
  • NUSTEP

Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a vascular disease, caused by gradual build-up of plaque within the leg arteries. It may cause disabling symptoms, such as:

  • Leg cramping while walking
  • Leg pain while resting
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin breakdown

Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) can help people suffering from PAD pain. The exercise therapy targets the muscles that hurt when you walk, such as the:

  • Calf
  • Thigh
  • Buttock

The goals of SET for people with PAD are to:

  • Increase functional capacity and walking distance
  • Decrease symptoms
  • Reduce risk factors for PAD, heart attack, and stroke

These programs also provide:

  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Life skills to help reduce complications of diabetes

SET gives the best results when the:

  • Exercise sessions last 30 to 60 minutes or longer
  • Sessions take place up to three times a week
  • Program runs for three months or 36 sessions

Why Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Research has shown supervised exercise therapy (SET) to be an effective, minimally invasive method to alleviate the most common symptom associated with peripheral artery disease (PAD) - intermittent claudication (IC). SET has been shown to be significantly more effective than unsupervised exercise, and could prevent the progression of PAD and Iower the risk of cardiovascular events that are prevalent in these patients. SET has also been shown to perform at least as well as more invasive revascularization treatments that are covered by Medicare. 

  • Consist of sessions lasting 30-60 minutes comprising a therapeutic exercise training program for PAD in patients
  • Must have a face-to-face visit with the physician responsible for PAD treatment
  • SET is non-covered for members with contraindicatons to exercise as determined by their primary physician

Cardiac Physican Referral/Order Form

Pulmonary Physician Referral/Order Form

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab team includes:

Shannon Hart, RN/Clinical Coordinator
sshart@meadowsregional.org

Rhonda Phillips, Registered Respiratory Therapist
rrphillips@meadowsregional.org

Office:

101 Harris Industrial Blvd.
Vidalia, GA 30474

Phone: 912.277.2054

Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.