MT. PLEASANT – In observance of February as National Heart Month, the Henry County Health Center Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Department is hosting an Open House on Thursday, February 14, from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Open House is an opportunity to learn more about HCHC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. Staff will give tours of the department, demonstrate the different exercise equipment available, and give information on the services and programs offered. In addition, the public can ask questions and receive information on cardiac and pulmonary health and how to become involved in the programs.
HCHC has received Program Certification for its Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness; reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse; control cardiac symptoms; stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition; and enhance the patient’s quality of life.
At HCHC, Cardiac Rehab is a multi-level individualized program designed to help cardiac patients reach their highest level of health. Three phases are offered through the Cardiac Rehab program:
• Phase I is an inpatient program designed to teach the cardiac patient and his or her family about heart disease and the recovery process, and to start the patient on a monitored and supervised exercise program.
• Phase II is an outpatient cardiac program conducted three times per week, which is designed to increase cardiovascular fitness. These are supervised and monitored exercise sessions. In addition, educational classes are provided. These instruct patients in risk factor awareness to help prevent further cardiovascular disease and to promote lifestyle changes.
• Phase III is an outpatient maintenance program designed to help the patient maintain cardiac vascular fitness and good health. In addition, the Phase III program is designed for anyone who has any risk factors for heart disease and wants a safe, effective, individualized exercise program. The purpose of the program is to help clients achieve and maintain their cardiac fitness level in order to live healthy lives.
HCHC’s Pulmonary Rehab is a multi-level individualized program designed to help improve the quality of life for individuals with pulmonary disease. Three phases are offered through the Pulmonary Rehab program:
• Phase I is an inpatient program designed to teach the patient about pulmonary disease, and to get the patient on a supervised exercise program.
• Phase II is an outpatient pulmonary program conducted three times per week. Participants are instructed on breathing techniques, relaxation, energy conservation, and all exercise sessions are supervised by Cardiopulmonary staff. Weekly education sessions are offered.
• Phase III is an outpatient maintenance and prevention program designed to help participants achieve their goals. The program meets two times per week.
HCHC also hosts a Cardiac/Pulmonary Support Group designed to encourage persons with concerns about heart disease in their goals for a healthy lifestyle. The group meets every other month in the afternoon. For more information about HCHC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program or for specific dates and times the support group meets, call 319.385.6504.