Our Rehab facility offers state-of-the-art equipment including treadmills, stationary bicycles, arm ergometers, recumbent steppers, rowing machines and free weights. The facility operates under the direction of a physician who serves as medical director, a registered nurse (Barb Luff, RN – pictured above) who oversees patients, an exercise specialist (Jeff Miller – pictured above), social workers, dietitians and other health care professionals. Our team works closely together to develop individualized plans depending on your personal needs.
Cardiac Rehab is a customized program of exercise and education designed to help you recover from a heart attack, coronary artery bypass, valve replacement or stent placement. The goals of the program are to help you regain strength, prevent your condition from worsening and reduce your risk of future heart problems. Don’t worry if you’ve never exercised before. Our team will make sure the program moves at a comfortable pace and is safe for you.
Pulmonary Rehab is much like Cardiac Rehab except that it is designed for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. During Pulmonary Rehab, our goal is to provide you the education and emotional support you need to better control your breathing. Physical activity is also an important part of the program as exercise can improve the function of your heart and lungs and strengthen the muscles used for breathing.
An important part of both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is education. That’s why we’ll educate you about such topics as weight loss, nutrition, smoking cessation, blood pressure, medications and pain/fatigue. Another benefit is the camaraderie. Many of our patients say they enjoy getting to know and work out with others who have gone through similar experiences they have. After your rehab ends, you’ll need to maintain your exercise regimen and healthy habits if you want to continue to reap the benefits of your new and improved lifestyle.
Your cardiologist, surgeon, family doctor or internal medicine doctor can make a referral for cardiac rehab. For more information, call (812)933-5024 or email Barbara Luff.