After a major cardiac (heart) or pulmonary (lung) illness or injury, people need to undergo rehabilitation to regain their strength and independence. The Memorial Health Heart & Vascular Institute offers cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs to help you get back on your feet. Our programs are accredited by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation may be prescribed for people who have had one of the following medical conditions or procedures:
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- Stable angina pectoris (chest pain)
- Heart failure
The Memorial Health Heart & Vascular Institute's cardiac rehabilitation program involves board-certified cardiologists, cardiac registered nurses, exercise physiologists, pharmacists, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals. Our program includes exercise training, education, counseling, and behavioral intervention. Participants attend cardiac rehabilitation three days a week for four to 12 weeks.
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps people who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. Rehabilitation may help reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase participation in various physical and social activities, and improve overall quality of life.
The Memorial Health Heart & Vascular Institute’s pulmonary rehabilitation program involves board-certified pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The rehab process includes exercise training, education, counseling, and behavioral intervention. In order to participate in the program, you must quit smoking or become involved in a smoking cessation program. Participants attend rehabilitation twice a week for several weeks or months, depending on their needs.