Anyone who has experienced a heart attack or cardiac disease knows how devastating the effects of these conditions can be. But, such a setback doesn’t have to be permanent.
With the help of the Upper Valley Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation program, more and more cardiac patients are returning to healthy, active lifestyles. The assistance of a highly-trained staff and a wide variety of equipment ensures safe, steady progress as program participants take an active role in improving cardiac function.
UVMC Cardiac Rehabilitation provides comprehensive, long-term services involving assessment, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education, counseling and behavioral interventions for patients with cardiac disease. In providing valuable secondary prevention strategies for patients, the program helps to extend overall survival, improve quality of life, and decrease the need for interventional procedures.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation team is committed to:
- Providing the highest quality of rehabilitative services in a positive, caring environment.
- Assisting and educating patients and family members to develop heart-healthy lifestyles.
- Complying with professional and regulatory guidelines and ethical standards.
Candidates for Cardiac Rehabilitation
UVMC Cardiac Rehabilitation combines safe, carefully monitored exercise, education and counseling in a program tailored to the needs of the individual. The program is designed for those who have experienced cardiac disease, heart attack, angioplasty, pacemaker or ICD insertion, or open-heart surgery. Those who also have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, obesity, or a chronic pulmonary disease can achieve an improved level of health and fitness through this specialized program.
Our professionals are committed to treating each patient as a unique individual with special needs and concerns. The treatment plan is developed after a comprehensive patient assessment with a registered nurse in which goals are established, and the necessary modifications are determined. Family members are welcome at any time, especially to attend educational classes.
Outpatient Monitored, Supervised Program
- Our supervised program (Phase II cardiac rehab) is designed to assist patients with a gradual return to normal daily activities and eventual return to work. Patients are referred to us by their primary care physician or cardiologist. Usual program length is six to 12 weeks, three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).
- Supervised, monitored exercise sessions are progressed according to the patient’s exercise tolerance.
- Education is provided in eight weekly classes related to coronary artery disease and its risk factors.
- Individualized counseling is offered regarding smoking cessation, weight loss, diabetes management, stress reduction, and return to work issues.
Continuing Maintenance Program
Our continuing maintenance program is offered to all patients who have completed Phase II. Patients demonstrate the ability to self-regulate their exercise routine and are responsible to monitor their own heart rate. Staff members are available to assess vital signs and cardiac rhythm, answer questions and address concerns. This program is indefinite in length. Maintenance participants enjoy a sense of well-being and control as they maintain a commitment to cardiovascular fitness and healthy lifestyle choices.
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The Cardiac Rehab Team
Our patients are secure in the knowledge that cardiac care professionals are always available to answer questions, monitor progress, and ensure safety as they work together to build cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular fitness. Our team is under the direction of a medical director and includes:
- Registered nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support
- Exercise physiologists
- Clinical dietitian
- Diabetes nurse educator
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Certification
Upper Valley Medical Center’s cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs have been recognized and certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for their commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Our three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families. The AACVPR program certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the AACVPR and other professional societies.
With certification, Upper Valley’s programs are recognized as leaders in the fields of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Read more about Upper Valley’s awards and recognition
Take the First Step
Further information is available by contacting the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at (937) 440-4675.
Preparing for Cardiac Rehabilitation
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Content Updated: March 25, 2016