At OCH Regional Medical Center, we know recovering from a heart attack or heart procedure requires teamwork. It takes a patient who’s willing to make the effort. It takes the support of family and friends. It takes medical supervision from the patient’s physician. And to achieve the fullest possible recovery, it takes cardiac rehabilitation services.
OCH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a supervised education and exercise program for those who have experienced illness associated with cardiovascular disease, including chest pain, heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, stents, valve replacement and heart transplant. The goal of the program is to restore participants to an optimal level of health, so they may perform activities of daily living, return to work, improve cardiovascular conditioning and meet their personal goals.
For more information about OCH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation, contact Elizabeth Varco, RN, at 615-2625.
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The cardiac rehab department uses American Heart Association (AHA) educational materials, as the AHA is recognized world-wide as an expert on heart health.
Program participants are educated about risk factors for cardiovascular disease and necessary lifestyle modification, with special emphasis on the following subjects:
- Smoking Cessation
- Hypertension Management
- Dietary Guidelines for a Heart Healthy Diet
- Weight Reduction
- Safe Activity and Exercise Guidelines
- Stress Management
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Circulatory System
- Risk Factor Reduction
- Physician approval is required to participate in the program and monthly progress reports are sent to keep the physician informed of your progress.
- Exercise program is supervised by trained health care professionals, including a registered nurse.
- Heart rate is monitored by telemetry and each participant is taught how to take his own pulse.
- Blood pressure is taken before, during and after each session.
- Program participants use a variety of exercise equipment, including Schwinn Air-Dyne, NUSTEP recumbent bike, arm ergometers, treadmill/walking track, and light hand weights.
We will obtain your medical history and physician clearance.
We will assist you in meeting your goals to improve your health and quality of life.
Phase I – The Hospital Setting
The first phase begins while the patient is in the hospital for cardiac diagnostic testing or after a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty. Introductory educational materials are provided, and supervised progressive activity is enacted.
The second phase is a monitored exercise program conducted on an outpatient basis in the cardiac rehab area of the OCH HealthPlex. Rehab sessions are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Phase II last about 3 months or 36 sessions, focusing on continued education and supervised exercise. Each participant’s blood pressure, heart rate, and cardiac rhythm is monitored closely throughout each exercise session, which is based upon your personal capability and health status.
Phase III – Maintenance Program
After completing Phase II, participants continue exercising three times a week through a maintenance program with limited supervision to encourage independence. Rehab sessions meet for one hour between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Health care professionals monitor each participant’s blood pressure before and after exercise, and obtain telemetry strips once a week. Exercise instructors are available to assist as needed.
Contact the cardiac rehab department at 615-2625 for an appointment. Your physician will then be contacted for approval and to obtain necessary medical history and records.
Cardiac rehabilitation Phase II is reimbursed by Medicare Part B and by most insurance companies. We will contact your insurance company and complete any necessary pre-certification requirements.