Patients who have heart disease or lung disease may be referred to Highlands to address their specific rehabilitation needs. These may include improving strength and endurance, improving functional capacity, reducing symptoms, and teaching energy conservation and compensatory techniques for dealing with your illness.
What conditions may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?
Conditions or procedures that may necessitate rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- congestive heart failure
- angina pectoris
- yocardial infarction
- post-open heart surgery
- post-heart transplantation
- balloon angioplasty
- congenital heart disease
- rheumatic heart disease
- COPD exacerbation
The rehabilitation team
Highlands' rehabilitation programs can be conducted on an inpatient or an outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the rehabilitation team, including any/all of the following:
- cardiologist / cardiovascular surgeon
- rehabilitation nurse
- physical therapist
- occupational therapist
- speech / language pathologist
- psychologist / psychiatrist
- recreational therapist
- social worker/case manager
The rehabilitation program
Highlands' rehabilitation programs are designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific problem or disease, and are supervised by a cardiac physician and a team of rehab professionals.
The goal of cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation is to help patients reverse their symptoms and maximize function. Cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- establishing a progressive exercise program to build fitness and functional capacity
- providing patient and family education to help adjust to or change the patient's lifestyle and habits
- educating the patient with regards to his/her specific heart or lung condition/disease and the best management approach for that specific condition
- preparing the patient to return to the community -- equipping him/her to meet the physical demands of daily living
How can I learn more?
Talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional. You can also contact us and ask to speak with a referral coordinator. You or your family members are welcome to come to Highlands for a tour. The best way to learn about the rehabilitation programs that we have to offer is to visit and see for yourself. No appointment is necessary.
If you have heart or lung disease, members of your family also may be at higher risk. It's important for them to make changes now to lower their risk. Speak with your doctor about specific risk factors.