Murray Hospital provides many specialized tests for
those with heart conditions or suspected heart
conditions. Along with the treadmill and EKG stress
test, echocardiograms, an ultrasound showing the
heartís movement, stress echocardiograms and Holter
monitoring are other options.
The rehabilitation program helps patients recover from
cardiac events such as a heart attack, bypass
surgery, valve repair or replacements, angioplasty or
stents, to reach their maximum physical and emotional
potential. Through education, exercise, counseling and
support, our caring and experienced staff helps
patients and their families to cope with the demands
and challenges of cardiac disease.
Phase I - Inpatient
The Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses determine the step at
which you will begin Phase 1. The instruction portion
of the program is designed to help you with lifestyle
changes. It includes such topics as the anatomy of the
heart, risk factors associated with heart disease,
sexual activity, household limitations and a walking
program to begin at home.
Phase II - Outpatient
After you go home from the hospital, Phase II begins
which consists of a pre-program evaluation, education
and supervised exercise.
Before entering Phase II, you will have completed a physical
examination by your doctor. On arrival an assessment
and history will be obtained as well as a 6 minute walk
test. Other tests will be provided to assess knowledge
(cardiac) and general health status. You will expect to
be in the cardiac rehab area for at least 1hr every
session. During that period a variety of exercises will
be completed as well as education classes.
Your personal exercise prescription will be developed
according to your exercise tolerance. At each session
you will begin with warm-up exercises and continue with
a workout using various exercise equipment such as the
exercise bicycle, treadmill, rowing machine, and
platform stairs. Your goal is to progress to a 45-60
minutes exercise session. Sessions will be scheduled
three times a week for 10-12 weeks.
A cardiac nurse, exercise physiologist and
respiratory therapist may be present during the exercise
sessions with a physician immediately available.
Phase III - OP Maintenance
For those patients who have completed Phase II Cardiac
Rehab but continue to require monthly monitoring. These
patients come twice a week for unlimited time and are
responsible for monthly costs.
We also have available a Pulmonary Rehab Program
which meets three times a week M-W-F at 1pm for
patients with COPP, Fibrosis and multiple other
pulmonary dz. During Pulmonary rehab an intensive
assessment and evaluation is completed, then a program
is developed for that patient's exercise tolerance and
increased as tolerated. Education sessions are provided
for better understanding of how to care for and prevent
exacerbations and improve living conditions. This
program lasts for 10-12 weeks and is covered by most
PR also has a maintenance program available for
pulmonary patients who desire to continue their
exercise twice a week and is self pay as noted above.
If you have any questions about cardiac or pulmonary
rehab, please call (270) 762-1170.