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 1980, 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 their 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 the hospital and continues
after their discharge. The program is comprised of three phases, which include:
Phase I 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
Phase II 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
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved strength and endurance
- Improved breathing
- Improved circulation
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
- Cardiac medications
- Heart anatomy
- Stress management
- Aerobic exercise
- Emotions associated with heart disease
- Role of the spouse or significant other in recovery
Phase III 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
We Look Forward to Helping You
For more information about Southwest General’s Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program, please call