Dardanelle Regional Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a medically supervised, comprehensive lifestyle modification program that helps patients recover from their heart condition and improve their overall quality of life. Our program aims to help individuals increase their strength and endurance and adapt their lifestyle so they can enjoy many more active years.
Qualifications for Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab
To qualify, you must have or have had one of the following conditions:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
- Heart Attack
- Angioplasty and/or Stent Placement
- Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
- Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant
- Stable Angina
- Other Approved Heart-Related Conditions
Cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital after a patient has had a heart attack, balloon procedure, heart surgery, unstable angina, or other cardiac events. Patients are educated on their heart's function, heart disease, and the role of diet and exercise in their recovery. They also begin limited physical activity. After discharge from the hospital, patients may attend a medically-supervised (phase two) exercise program.
Depending on the patient and physician's orders, patients begin phase two, an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, 2 to 6 weeks after a cardiac event.
Each patient receives an individualized exercise program based on their goals and medical history. Patients use various exercise equipment twice weekly, including a recumbent bike, treadmill, seated stepper, and free weights. During exercise, each patient's heart rhythm and heart rate are continuously monitored using portable telemetry monitoring under the supervision of the cardiac rehab staff, which may include respiratory therapists, respiratory techs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, or exercise physiologists.
Physicians can stay connected to their patient's progress through regular progress reports that include vital signs, symptoms, and exercise responses. Classes and educational materials developed especially for people with heart disease on exercise, nutrition, and stress management are also available for patients.
After a patient has completed phase two, they can continue to build their strength and endurance more independently. Phase three assists individuals as they learn to manage their overall heart health, including their exercise program, known in phase one. During phase three, the cardiac rehab staff continues to observe the patient, but they are no longer connected to the portable telemetry monitoring.
To learn more about any of our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services, please call 479-229-4677.