Helping patients make healthy lifestyle changes
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Southwest General is a multi-phase program designed to help the residents of our community with heart disease understand the need for lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, regular aerobic exercise and eating right to name a few.
A Multidisciplinary Approach for Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients
Since 1987, Southwest General has provided cardiac rehabilitation to patients in our community. Our program is the result of a successful collaboration across many disciplines, including Physical Therapy, Nutrition Services, Nursing, Home Health Services, Spiritual Care, Pharmacy and Social Work. Such coordination of care helps patients achieve as complete a recovery as possible, learn about thier hearts and learn how to reduce the risk of having future coronary events. To accommodate the busy schedules of our patients, we were the first in the region to offer evening hours.
A Three-Phase Program that Provides a Continuum of Care
Part of our commitment to helping our cardiac patients make necessary lifestyle changes is through the continuum of care our rehabilitation program provides. The program commences with them as patients in our Coronary Care Unit and continues after their discharge. The program is comprised of three phases, which include:
Phase I is an inpatient education program focusing on topics such as risk factor, diet, medication, sexual activity, exercise and daily activity. This information also can be accessed through Southwest General's in-house Patient Education Channel.
As part of a light exercise program, patients walk the halls of climb stairs under the supervision of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team. Patients may receive instruction about walking at home or using a stationary bike exercise program to continue increasing their cardiovascular fitness after being discharged.
This phase offers a continuously monitored exercise program, coordinated by a team of health care professionals who have experienced one of the following: heart attack, chest pain (stable angina), congestive heart failure (CHF), bypass surgery, heart transplant, valve replacement and percutaneous coronary intervention (stents, angiography).
Cardiac Rehab Phase II offers day or evening exercise sessions at either Southwest General's Main Campus, in Middleburg Heights, or at the Strongsville Medical Center. An exercise prescription, issued by a patient's physician, is personalized to accommodate your specific needs and physical limitations. The patient's primary care physician and cardiologist will receive regular progress reports on the patient's recovery.
Proven benefits from regular exercise include:
Reduced risk of future cardiac events
Reduced cholesterol levels
Lower blood pressure
Improved strength and endurance
Cardiac Rehab Phase II is covered by most insurance plans. However, patients should check with their own insurance company regarding coverage.
Education and Support Groups
Weekly education programs and support groups are available. Program topics include:
Heart-healthy nutrition and cooking demonstrations
Emotions associated with heart disease
Role of the spouse or significant other in recovery
This phase is a medically supervised, ongoing group exercise program for anyone with heart disease or individuals who want to exercise to reduce coronary risk factors. This self-pay program is held at LifeWorks of Southwest General on Old Oak Boulevard, in Middleburg Heights and at the Strongsville Medical Center on Pearl Rd. A physician referral is required. For more information, call 440-816-4840.
We Look Forward to Helping You
For more information about Southwest General’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please call 440-816-5772.