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 12 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

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.