At CHI Mercy Health, your care doesn’t end after your procedure. Patients who have had either heart surgery or a heart attack can participate in our cardiac rehabilitation program. Our goal is to help restore your heart strength so you can live a healthy, active life.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise to increase awareness about your lungs and your disease. You will learn to achieve exercise with less shortness of breath. The classes are offered in a group setting so you get the chance to meet others with your condition, which provides an opportunity to give and receive peer support. The skills and knowledge learned in the program will help you feel better and manage your chronic lung disease. You’ll become stronger by increasing your level of fitness. Exercising your lungs and your muscles helps you be more active so you can do the things you enjoy with your loved ones. Pulmonary rehabilitation may even decrease the need for hospital visits.
Who Administers Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Your rehab team often includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists and dietitians. Together, these health professionals create a personal program to meet your specific needs.
Where is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Administered?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an outpatient program and may be based in a hospital or a clinic. You may also be able to receive certain forms of pulmonary rehabilitation in your own home.
Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Right for Me?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for patients with lung disease who experience shortness of breath frequently and are not able to perform daily activities despite daily use of medication. Many patients in rehabilitation programs have a diagnosis of COPD, but these programs also help people with other types of chronic lung disease that limits breathing and activity.
What is Cardiac Rehab?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a structured program of medically supervised exercise, education and support designed to make your heart healthier. Participating in cardiac rehab can lower your risk of future cardiac events, such as a heart attack.
We recommend cardiac rehab for people:
- Who are recovering from heart surgery or a heart attack
- Who have heart failure or coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Who have been recommended to attend by their doctor
Benefits of Cardiac Rehab
What will you gain from participating in cardiac rehab? You’ll:
- Understand your specific condition and how to best manage it
- Gain more energy, strength and stamina
- Reduce your risk factors for heart attack and heart disease
What To Expect
During your cardiac rehab, we carefully evaluate and monitor your heart function. As your heart grows stronger, we may make modifications to your treatment plan. Your program will include:
- Nutrition classes to learn how to eat a healthy diet
- Exercise program prescribed and supervised by an exercise physiologist
- Counseling to help reduce stress and relieve depression (a common side effect after having a cardiac event like a heart attack)
- Guidance to create a healthy lifestyle plan, including incorporating regular exercise into your routine
To learn more about Mercy’s Shaw Heart cardiac rehabilitation program, call: 541-677-4826