Love Your Heart: Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Posted Feb 12, 2014 | Posted in Diseases & Treatments, Fitness & Nutrition

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The 9th to the 15th of February is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week focuses on cardiac rehabilitation’s role in improving the health and physical performance of those at risk or suffering from heart disease.

Cardiopulmonary rehab is a medically supervised program that aids in the recovery of cardiac and pulmonary patients by improving their physical, mental, and social functioning.  The goal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is to improve the overall quality of life by stopping or possibly reversing the progression of cardiovascular disease and improving respiratory function.

People who participate in a cardiac rehab program have one or more of the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery bypass graft
  • Chronic stable angina (chest pain)
  • Angioplasty/stent placement
  • Valve surgery
  • Heart transplant/Lung transplant
  • COPD
  • Emphysema/ Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Other cardiac and pulmonary conditions

At Johnston Health, we are here to help. Our cardiac rehab program takes place in HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center in the Johnston Medical Mall. We offer rehabilitation for those suffering from cardiac and pulmonary (respiratory) issues. Each patient works in a group with others but still has an individual program based on their specific needs.

All patients are surrounded by an encouraging group of peers and skilled team of staff including a medical director, registered nurse, exercise physiologist, exercise specialist, clinical dietitian and respiratory therapist.  The center is also an award winning program.

Along with your rehabilitation treatment you will also receive a healthy eating plan, education and counseling sessions, medical evaluation, and an exercise routine. It’s very important for our staff to know what you want out of the program and why you are there so that they can meet all your needs.

By participating in the program you will benefit in some of the following ways:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Decreased shortness of breath with activity
  • Increased strength and mobility
  • And many more

If you have any questions about the program, visit our website or contact the program coordinator at 919-938-7127.

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