What is Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to help people who have a history of or are at risk for heart disease (cardiovascular disease) or are living with lung disease (pulmonary disease). People with heart disease can improve their health and reduce their risk of future cardiovascular disease, medical complications, and future hospitalizations. People with lung disease can learn to manage their disease well and reduce the risk of hospitalization. The programs offered are designed to support a patient’s physical, emotional and social needs and include support for their families.
Summit Healthcare CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation programs serve Northeastern Arizona and use the guidelines of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. These programs include a specialized plan of care developed by our team of experienced, advanced life support certified, registered nurses and licensed respiratory therapists.
In the Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services department, cardiologists and pulmonologists work with a multidisciplinary team to manage your care. The team may include:
- Registered Nurses
- Respiratory Therapists
- Nurse Educator
- Registered Dieticians/Diabetic Educators
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- Medical Technician
Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs
The following are programs that Summit Healthcare CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation offers:
Inpatient Program Introduction
Hospitalized patients receive a personal visit from one of our staff to explain the rehabilitation programs, their benefits, and how to get involved. Medicare and most other insurances cover the program for specific conditions.
Phase II Programs
On your first visit, a registered nurse or licensed respiratory therapist will perform an evaluation. Patients receive a six (6) minute walking or seated exercise test to assess fitness. Together the patient and staff make a personalized plan of care that includes exercise and learning. They will also update this plan together throughout the program. The program lasts up to 36 sessions of exercise and education. Patients get a wide variety of classes about how to manage their disease including:
- Managing stress
- Proper medication use
- How to shop, cook, and eat healthily
- Relaxation for better heart and lung function
- How to manage heart and lung emergencies
- Managing weight loss
- Understanding asthma, emphysema, and COPD
- How to do daily activities without getting too worn out.
This program is for people who have suffered a heart attack, coronary bypass (CABG), heart valve replacement, coronary stent, heart failure, or have stable angina. The program requires a healthcare provider’s referral. Surgical notes, an EKG, and echocardiogram (if available) should be sent with the order. Monitoring during exercise sessions includes continuous telemetry (heart monitoring), periodic oximetry (oxygen measurements), and blood pressure checks. At the end of 36 sessions, patients will have a better understanding of heart problems and how to keep themselves in the best possible health.
The pulmonary program is for people suffering from lung problems from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) including bronchiectasis, chronic persistent asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and emphysema. The program requires a health care provider’s referral, and the results of a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) should be sent with the order. Each session of monitored exercise includes periodic oximetry (oxygen measurements), and blood pressure checks. Sessions also include staff instruction on the use and cleaning of home equipment, oxygen use, and proper use of an inhaler. Patients’ are taught “pursed-lip breathing” to help them feel less winded. At the end of 36 sessions, clients will have a better understanding of lung problems and how to keep themselves in the best possible health.
Community Health and Fitness Maintenance Program
Our maintenance program is for patients who have completed Phase II and for members of the community who want to exercise in a group setting with nurses available. This maintenance program is for independent exercise. Blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen checks are available on request. Insurance usually does not cover this program so clients are self-pay. The CAPD (Cardiac and Pulmonary Discussion) group meets weekly to talk about ways of dealing with chronic heart and lung disease. This casual meeting lets patients meet others with problems like theirs. Spouse or one support person is welcome. It creates a support network for patients and family members. MEETINGS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.