Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Appalachian Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (ACRP) is a physician referred medically supervised exercise program. Each patient is provided with multidisciplinary care from several healthcare professionals that include a medical doctor, exercise physiologist, registered nurse, respiratory therapist, behavioral health specialist, and clinical dietician.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to restore the cardiac patient to an optimal physical, vocational, recreational and emotional status with the potential for prevention of further disease progression. The patients are strongly encouraged to make various lifestyle changes for the purpose of reducing coronary risk and improving quality of life.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to improve lung function, reduce symptom severity and improve quality of life. It is an important part of the management and health maintenance of people with chronic respiratory disease who remain symptomatic or continue to have decreased function despite standard medical treatment.
A patient who has, or has had one or more of the conditions below may be an appropriate candidate for the program:
Conditions for Cardiac Rehabilitation
- PTCA / Stent
- Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) within last 12 months
- CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting)
- Heart Valve Repair / Replacement
- Stable Angina Pectoris (chest pain) with current symptoms
- Heart / Heart-Lung Transplant
- Heart Failure-Chronic (systolic), EF <35%, NYHA Class II-IV
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD with symptoms)
- Other Cardiac Diagnoses would be based on the patient’s individual insurance approval
Conditions for Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
* Patient must have recent (within 1 year) PFT/Spirometry completed prior to starting rehab
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Moderate to Very Severe
- Status Asthmaticus
- Lung Transplant
- Restrictive Lung Disease
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Other Pulmonary Diagnoses would be based on the patient’s individual insurance approval
A comprehensive evaluation by the ACRP team and/or patient’s physicians and may include:
- Exercise testing
- Coronary risk factor profile
- Nutritional evaluation
- Coping skills evaluation
- Medical history review
- COPD Risk Assessment
- Sleep Apnea Risk Assessment
- Fall Risk Assessment
- Blood Pressure
- Telemetry Monitoring
Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapy Sessions Include:
Support: A group with which to share success and encouragement, and in turn, be encouraged.
Clinical: Sessions will include supervision and monitoring by a team of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. This team may include a Supervising physician, registered nurse, clinical exercise physiologist, respiratory therapist, clinical dietitian, and health coach specialist from our Behavioral Health department. These team members are available as resources to help teach, guide, and take the best possible comprehensive care of you on your journey of recovery. They are here to advocate for you as needed regarding other aspects of your care which may include communication with your other healthcare providers regarding keeping you as up to date as possible with your needs.
Exercise: Activity to improve heart and lung function, as well as increase muscular strength. Heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, EKG and blood glucose are monitored during the exercise sessions.
Education: Education is provided to patients about how to better cope with their disease, how to modify their lifestyle, and reduce risk factors for their disease.
For more information, call:
- Cannon Memorial Hospital, Sloop Medical Building– (828) 737-7069 Fax (828) 737-7509
- Watauga Medical Center, Broyhill Wellness Center– (828) 268-9054 Fax (828) 268-9055
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