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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Valley Health offers medically supervised exercise programs to help individuals with heart, lung or peripheral vascular disease rebuild their strength and stamina. Cardiopulmonary fitness has proven physical and psychological benefits, including a lower risk of new events or complications, greater independence and improved quality of life.

A physician referral is necessary in order to participate in any cardiac, pulmonary and peripheral vascular disease rehabilitation program. Most major medical plans cover the cost of these services. Candidates for rehab include patients who have experienced:

Cardiac Rehab

  • Heart attack
  • Bypass surgery
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary artery stenting
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable angina (chest pain)
  • Heart failure

Pulmonary Rehab

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • COVID-19
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung transplant
  • Sarcoidosis

Peripheral Vascular Disease Rehab

  • Peripheral vascular disease with symptomatic pain in the legs while walking or in the arms while using them

Ask your physician if a cardiopulmonary rehab program may be appropriate for you.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

This monitored outpatient exercise program includes 12 weeks of exercise, three times a week, on treadmills, bicycles, and other equipment. Your heart rate, ECG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and glucose levels are closely monitored and documented by a health care professional specially trained in exercise therapy for cardiovascular patients.

The Monitored Program also includes educational classes for patients and spouses. Cardiac education classes are held once a month (Winchester) or as scheduled (other Valley Health locations) on topics such as living with heart disease, medication, nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This monitored outpatient exercise program includes nine weeks of exercise, two times a week, using aerobic exercise equipment such as treadmills, NuSteps, and bicycles. Resistance training may be included as well. Your oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels are closely monitored and documented by a health care processional specially trained in exercise therapy for pulmonary patients.

Pulmonary education focuses on the management of living with chronic lung disease, techniques to decrease shortness of breath with rest and with activity, improving your ability to perform daily living activities, and medication management.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Rehabilitation

This monitored outpatient exercise program includes 12 weeks of exercise, three times a week, and will focus mostly on the treadmill. Bbicycles and other equipment may also be used. You will learn a specific protocol to enhance your walking ability while having symptomatic pain. Your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and glucose levels are closely monitored and documented by a health care professional specially trained in exercise therapy for peripheral vascular disease patients.

Peripheral vascular disease education focuses on chronic disease management including techniques to live better with vascular disease, improve walking ability, and improve your ability to perform activities of daily living.

Locations Offering Care

Several Valley Health locations offer cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Contact the location nearest you:

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