Cardiac Rehabilitation

nurse holding a patient's hand

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall functioning. Cardiac rehabilitation combines prescriptive exercise training with coronary risk factor modification in patients with established heart disease.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to improve functional capacity, alleviate or lessen activity-related symptoms, reduce disability, and identify and modify coronary risk factors in an attempt to reduce further events.

Cardiac rehabilitation and efforts targeted at exercise, lipid management, hypertension control, and smoking cessation can reduce death from cardiovascular disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes services such as:

  • Counseling - Helps the patient understand and manage the disease process
  • Emotional support
  • Guidance to enable the patient to return to work when possible
  • Helping the patient modify risk factors such as:
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Obesity - Evidence suggests that improving the plasma lipid and lipoprotein profile with diet, exercise and drug therapy benefits patients.
    • Physical inactivity
    • Smoking - Those who quit smoking significantly reduce their risks of another heart attack, sudden death, stroke and total mortality compared with those who continue to smoke.
  • Monitored exercise program - Usually three sessions per week for a total of 36 sessions

Benefits Of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation can improve functional capacity and quality of life, reduce risk factors and create a sense of well-being and optimism about the future.

Cardiac rehabilitation is helpful to patients with congestive heart failure, angina pectoris (chest pain due to clogged heart arteries), recent heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery or PTCA (balloon angioplasty) or who have had a pacemaker implanted.

It also applies to patients with congenital cardiovascular disease, who may or may not have had surgery. Exercise is structured to meet the individual patient's needs, including ECG and blood pressure monitoring.

During rehabilitation, the rehabilitation team communicates routinely with the patient's physicians and cardiologist through updates on progress or consultations as needed.

Cardiovascular Disease

More than one of every five persons in the United States has cardiovascular disease. Despite the declining mortality rate due to cardiovascular illness observed since 1950, 43% of all deaths are currently attributed to cardiovascular causes. Cardiac rehabilitation can help mitigate those risk factors.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital is staffed with Registered Nurses who maintain competency in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, EKG monitoring and ongoing education and updates in cardiovascular medicine and exercise therapies. The department is equipped with a variety of exercise equipment to meet all of our patient's individual needs.

Department Information

Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.