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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Valley Health offers medically supervised exercise programs to help individuals with heart or lung 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 rehabilitation program. Most major medical plans cover the cost of these services. Candidates for cardiac and pulmonary 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
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Transplant
  • Sarcoidosis

Ask your physician if a cardiopulmonary rehab program may be appropriate for you. We offer two levels of rehabilitation to meet your needs: the Monitored/Outpatient Exercise Program and the Maintenance/Wellness Program. Both levels provide an opportunity to learn about your body’s response to exercise in a casual, yet supervised, environment.

Monitored Program

The Monitored or Outpatient Exercise Program includes 12 weeks of exercise, three times a week, on bicycles, treadmills 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 and heart and lung functioning.

The Monitored Program also includes special heart and lung education classes for patients as well as spouses or friends. Cardiac education classes are held once a week (Winchester) or as scheduled (other Valley Health locations) on topics such as living with heart disease, medication, nutrition, exercise and stress management. Pulmonary education classes are also held once a week (Winchester) or as scheduled (other Valley Health locations). Participants learn about lung function and explore ways to manage their lung disease through diet, medication and exercise.

Maintenance/Wellness Program

Once our participants graduate from the program, they transition to exercising independently, unmonitored. Valley Health’s fitness centers in Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock, Luray and Berkeley Springs offer maintenance or wellness programs to “graduates” who have completed the monitored exercise program or anyone who has, or may be a risk of developing, cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. These medically-based fitness programs help individuals transitioning from or managing a medical condition, needing additional support, or just to maintain their level of physical activity.

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Several Valley Health locations offer cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Contact the location nearest you:

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