Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department at Veterans Memorial Hospital offers Phase ll Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab. These programs offer an individualized exercise and education program designed to help patients increase their activity tolerance and make lifestyle changes to support overall health.

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is designed for patients following a cardiac event such as a heart attack, bypass surgery, stent placement, valve surgery, angina or congestive heart failure.

Pulmonary Rehab is a program for patients with chronic respiratory conditions, specifically COPD.

These are outpatient, hospital-based programs that must be prescribed by a physician.

Cardiac Rehab provides monitored exercise and education session that are supervised by an RN. Patients wear a telemetry unit to monitor heart rhythm and vital signs are taken throughout the session. Exercise intensity and duration is based on patient’s activity tolerance.

    • During these sessions we also assist patients in:
      understand their condition better
    • making lifestyle changes
    • reducing risk factors for disease through
      • exercise
      • healthy eating
      • stress management
      • smoking cessation

      Sessions for Cardiac and Pulmonary rehab are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The length of the program varies based on patient needs, typically anywhere from 3-12 weeks.

Our registered nurses will assess your condition and develop a plan of care tailored to meet your needs. This may include:

    • medication set-up, administration and education
    • dressing/wound cares
    • injections and IV therapy
    • catheter and ostomy management and education
    • physical assessments
    • patient and family care instruction
    • communicating concerns to your physician
    • providing recommendations to improve home safety
    • assisting in coordinating medical appointments as needed

Dave Schwartz, MD  

Family Medicine/Emergency Services/Maternity Services I was born and raised in Kellogg, Iowa with a population of 600 people, 100 dogs, and 200 cats. I chose

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