If you have had a diagnosis of myocardial infarction in the past 12 months, live with chronic stable angina, heart failure with an ejection fraction of less than 35%, or have had cardiac surgery such as Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting, or Coronary Valve Replacement or Coronary Valve Repair, your physician could refer you to our Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
Beginning with a complete evaluation by our cardiac rehabilitation team and Medical Director, we will tailor an individualized education and exercise program to help you understand and cope with your heart disease and return to an active lifestyle.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team has access to the professional expertise associated with Springfield Hospital. The participants include:
- Medical Director
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Registered Dietitian
- Social Worker
Management, Support and Education
The non-exercise portions of the program include stress management, group support, and education on various topics including:
- Anxiety / Depression
- Activities of Daily Living
- Home Exercise
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Anatomy of the Cardiac System
- Stress Management
- Advance Directives
Individualized Exercise Programs
Our program consists of 18 sessions that include an exercise program designed specifically to fit the appropriate level of activity. The exercise program uses both upper body and lower body exercises and stretches. The exercise machines available include treadmills, arm ergometers, rowers, bikes, and Nusteps. The registered nurse and staff will monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, breath sounds, heart rhythm, and perceived rate of exertion. Each session will include warm-up, aerobic conditioning, lower or upper body strength training, and a cool down. The exercise workload will be based on your beginning evaluations and will be increased as you progress through the program. The Medical Director will attend several sessions and answer any questions or concerns that you may have at that time.
Those participating in the program are referred by their physicians. Participants must be medically stable and motivated to enhance their quality of life.
Once a physician referral is made, an appointment with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator will take place. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator will explain any necessary testing or functional assessments at that time. The tests that may be required are exercise stress test, lab tests and other imaging. During your cardiac rehabilitation evaluation, you will be given a schedule of necessary testing.
Evaluations by our Medical Director will follow the completion of these tests and evaluations by the registered nurse.
An individualized home exercise program will be developed during rehabilitation with the assistance of the staff.
Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to live better with heart disease.
You will also find support and understanding from the cardiac rehabilitation staff and other members of your group.
Our program is reimbursable through most major insurance companies. Prior approval may be required in some instances. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator will contact your insurance company to assure your coverage before your rehabilitation program begins. We also offer a financial assistance program at Springfield Medical Care Systems. Please inquire if you need assistance.
For additional information, please contact:
Amy Carson, BSN, RN, at 802-885-7663. Please leave a message after hours.