Cardiac, Pulmonary and Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation

St. Joseph Hospital offers targeted outpatient rehabilitation for patients with heart, lung or peripheral artery disease (PAD). Each supervised exercise program helps increase tolerance and mobility; reduce the risks of complications and hospitalization; and improve overall health through a combination of:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Prescribed exercise
  • Recommended lifestyle changes
  • Education and support

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab focuses on safely returning patients to a more active lifestyle and reducing the risk of further cardiac damage or future episodes. Exercise is combined with education about recognizing and managing heart disease symptoms.

Cardiac rehab is designed for patients who have experienced or are at risk for:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Coronary angioplasty or stent procedures
  • Stable angina
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Cardiac transplantation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehab enhances the quality of life for patients with chronic breathing conditions by helping increase lung capacity. Program goals include decreasing respiratory symptoms and complications; improving physical conditioning and exercise tolerance; and teaching controlled breathing and energy conservation techniques. Potential benefits include symptom relief, added independence and reduced hospitalization.

Pulmonary rehab is designed for patients who have experienced or are at risk for:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • COPD (including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Pre/post lung transplant
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Rehabilitation

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects the arteries delivering blood to the body's limbs, especially the legs. As a result, muscles don't receive enough nutrients to keep up with the body's demands. Symptoms may include cramping, pain, fatigue and numbness or weakness.

PAD rehab concentrates on improving leg circulation, reducing painful symptoms and slowing PAD through exercise, healthy diet and smoking cessation. Treatment can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and leg amputation. It can also improve quality of life as patients return to a more active lifestyle.

Program Details
All of St. Joseph Hospital's specially designed rehab services include:

  • One-on-one preprogram evaluation
  • Ongoing medical evaluations while in therapy
  • Three monitored, one-hour exercise sessions per week for up to 12 weeks
    • Warm-up, cardiovascular exercise, strength training and cool down
    • Supervised by an exercise physiologist, who monitors EKG, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturations
  • Condition-specific education and support

Cardiopulmonary and PAD rehabilitation are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare, when ordered within one year of a qualifying diagnosis. A physician's order is required.

For additional information, call (260) 425-3208(260) 425-3208.