Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help you reduce your risk of coronary artery disease. A team of trained professionals at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) will help you understand your risk factors for heart disease, give you the tools to modify your lifestyle habits, and support you on your journey to a healthier heart. Recovery starts now. This is the time to decide if you want to help your heart.
The program monitors your:
- Vital signs
- EKG rhythms
- Exercise tolerance
Your cardiac rehabilitation team helps you with exercise therapy, disease management, diet and psychosocial education and counseling.
Heart & Lung Center
You'll find the Heart & Lung Rehab Gym located on the main floor of HCMH. We offer a variety of exercise equipment and exercise prescriptions tailored to meet your individual needs. Clients have access to a state-of-the-art telemetry monitoring system that allows the cardiac rehab staff to view the heart rate and rhythm of each client during exercise. This helps us provide safer, more effective care to recovering heart patients. The program is conducted in a group setting, allowing for emotional support and socialization with others who have similar conditions. Our goal is to help you learn how to live a heart-healthy life!
There are required patient education sessions held on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. View our calendar for the complete listing of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program class schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Help Me After I've Experienced Coronary Artery Disease?
The program can help you maintain a healthier heart and reduce your risk of coronary artery disease through a program of exercise and information.
If I Want to Participate in this Program, What Should I Do?
You will need to have a doctor's referral to participate in this program.
Does Insurance Cover the Program?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover part or all of the program charges. Prior to your first visit, the staff will verify your insurance and notify you of your coverage.
What Will I Experience in the Exercise Classes?
First, a cardiac rehabilitation staff member will obtain your resting blood pressure and resting heart rate. You will wear a heart monitor during exercise. For the next 30 to 60 minutes, you will exercise on a motor-driven treadmill, NuStep recumbent stepper, or stationary Airdyne bike at a pace comfortable for you. After you complete your exercises, a staff member will obtain your exercise blood pressure and remove your heart monitor.
What if I Have Difficulty Walking? Can I Still Participate?
Yes, we offer a variety of different tools and equipment that allow you to exercise your heart effectively.
How Long Will I be in Cardiac Rehab?
The program schedule is for 36 visits over 12 to 18 weeks. After you've completed those 36 visits, you become eligible to enroll in the Maintenance Program.
What is the Maintenance Program?
This allows you to continue with cardiac rehab therapy on a yearly basis after you've completed your 36 visits. There is a small fee per visit.
What Should I Wear to Exercise Class?
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes that offer good support.
For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call 336-527-7523.