Available at Bryan Hospital
Appointments can be made by calling 419-636-1131, ext. 11336 between 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cardiac rehabilitation provides progressive exercise and education to individuals with coronary artery disease while under medical supervision. The program enables patients to work closely with our professionals to maximize their potential to return to useful, functional lifestyles.
Referrals to CHWC’s cardiac rehabilitation program are made by the patient’s physician. Each patient’s program is customized to meet specific needs, which are addressed in one-hour sessions that are scheduled three times each week. The two primary components of each session are an exercise program and comprehensive patient education.
The cardiac rehabilitation exercise program consists of four phases:
Phase I: Light exercise, monitoring and education while the patient is still in the hospital.
Phase II: Begins after discharge from the hospital; an individualized exercise plan is designed to gradually increase the patient’s intensity and duration of exercise.
Phase III: The intensity and duration of exercise is increased, and educational programs are broadened to help the patient understand the need for and benefit of regular exercise.
Phase IV: While working toward independence in exercise, it’s emphasized that adult fitness must include exercise for lifelong wellness.
Educational topics covered
- Coronary risk factors
- Stress management
- Dietary considerations
- Exercise in health and disease
- Lifestyle modifications
- Heart disease process
Diabetes exercise program
Our cardiac rehabilitation staff also offers an exercise program for individuals with diabetes, in coordination with the CHWC diabetes education program. Patients are given an individualized exercise program and are instructed on benefits, precautions and recommendations of exercise.
Individuals who are overweight, hypertensive, hyperlipidemic or have other risk factors for coronary artery disease can take advantage of an exercise consultation. Our staff will instruct the individual on exercise techniques and provide an exercise prescription that matches each person’s specific needs.
Pulmonary exercise rehabilitation
This program is offered to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The program offers medically supervised exercise and education to help individuals with COPD improve aerobic capacity, increase motivation, decrease sensation of dyspnea, improve ventilatory muscle function and reduce hospital stays. Education aspects are coordinated with the cardiopulmonary care staff to help with lifestyle modifications to promote healthier living.