Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program at St. Joseph's Hospital assists people as they recover from ear or lung related medical events. Our highly specialized cardiopulmonary nurses work in collaboration with physicians, emphasizing exercise, diet, medication management, smoking cessation, and emotional support maximizing your functional potential.

Cardiac Stress Screening   View more information.

This diagnostic service measures the hearts ability to respond to stress induced by exercise or drugs. Cardiac stress tests compare blood flow to the heart muscle while the patient is at rest to the same blood flow abilities during exertion on the heart muscle. This is used to determine ischemic heart disease as well as a patient's risk of having a heart attack.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Maintenance Program   View more information.

This maintenance program is for patients who have cardiac or pulmonary disease or have completed a monitored cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. Individuals pay monthly for program participation, not typically covered by insurance. The maintenance program includes:

  • Self guided conditioning/maintenance program that includes physical exercise
  • Personal instruction regarding their exercise program during their orientation
  • A consistent exercise program will help to improve strength, activity tolerance, functional independence, body weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Registered nurses available for weekly blood pressure readings and other support as needed

Cardiac Rehabilitation   View more information.

This outpatient program incorporates safe exercise and cardiac risk factor modification education. Classes meet three times per week, up to thirty-six sessions. An individualized, ECG-monitored exercise program is established to safely improve the heart's function building strength and endurance. Exercise programs are designed and supervised by a registered nurse.

Benefits include:

  • Improved physical fitness and energy levels Improved heart strength
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Controlled cholesterol levels
  • Improved overall well-being Improved management of stress
  • Reduced risk of future heart problems Increased ability to perform job tasks
  • Education to understand and manage heart disease including cardiac risk factor identification and modification

To qualify for cardiac rehabilitation, an individual must have recently undergone a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, coronary stenting/ballooning angioplasty, or heart transplant.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation   View more information.

This outpatient program incorporates physical reconditioning, self-care education and breathing exercises and techniques. Classes meet two times per week for twenty-four to thirty-six sessions.

Benefits include:

  • Increased strength, endurance self-reliance and exercise tolerance
  • Enhanced ability to perform everyday activities
  • Decrease number of hospitalizations
  • Decreased episodes of shortness of breath
  • Education to safely and comfortably increase your activity tolerance
  • Education on how to properly use you homecare equipment Instruction and breathing techniques, smoking cessation and dietary choices

To qualify for pulmonary rehabilitation, an individual must have recently had lung cancer, emphysema, a lung transplant, a lung reduction, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

 

CERTIFICATIONS

   • American Association of
     Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
     Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
   • Advanced Cardiac Life
     Support (ACLS)

OUR THERAPISTS

Tennille O'Connor, RN
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Mary Pomietlo, RN
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Mary Wiley, RN
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RESOURCES

American Association fo Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Medline Plus (A service of the US National Library of Medicine)

FOR MORE
INFORMATION

Send Rehabilitation Services an email.
Call (715) 717-7455

 

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation