Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Heart and Lung Institute

There are three phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation:

  • Phase I is for hospitalized patients and is done at the bedside.
  • Phase II is a 30-minute individualized exercise program for outpatients who wear a heart monitor when they come to DMH to exercise three times a week. After about 36 sessions, these patients graduate to the next phase. A summary of the program and patient tolerance is monitored by the physician.
  • Phase III is an outpatient program. Participants monitor their own progress under the supervision of the rehabilitation staff. Patient education is very important part of the program and is incorporated into all three phases both in group and individual counseling by RN's, Exercise Physiologists and Respiratory Therapists.

Benefits may include cardiovascular fitness, control of high blood pressure, weight loss, muscle toning, lowering blood cholesterol, blood sugar control and stress management.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed for the symptomatic pulmonary patient. The class lasts 45 minutes. Participants receive information about multiple topics including:

  • respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • different types of diseases
  • information on current medications
  • breathing retraining
  • bronchial hygiene
  • relaxation methods

Pulmonary Rehabilitation exercises include range of motion, walking, stair climbing, bicycling and recovery from breathing difficulties caused by exertion. The goal is to increase exercise tolerance.

Cardiopulmonary Wellness Group
This support group was formed for patients and their families. Monthly meetings offer information on a wide range of topics. There is no charge.

The first step toward Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a referral from your doctor. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is offered on the hospital's main floor.

Cardiac rehabilitation is scheduled by appointment only. Pulmonary rehabilitation patients need to schedule an appointment with the pulmonary specialist at 876-2480.

"Patient Parking" spaces are available at DMH's East entrance; Valet Parking is available at the West entrance.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is also offered at off-site clinic areas. Ask for the location most convenient for you.

For more information about these programs, please call the DMH Heart and Lung Institute at 876-2496.