The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is an integral part of cardiovascular services at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Cardiac Rehabilitation consists of an individualized program of exercise and education providing a continuum of care for patients that have had a heart event.
The dedicated members of our cardiac rehabilitation staff include our medical director, nurses and exercise physiologists. Each of these professionals has extensive experience in caring for cardiac patients in all phases of recovery and rehabilitation. The staff is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support.
The ultimate goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to facilitate a rapid return to a normal lifestyle as soon as possible.
Additional goals include:
- Prevention of negative physical and psychological effects of inactivity
- Educational teaching and coaching
- Reduction of risk factors for coronary disease
- Promotion of cardiovascular fitness as an ongoing part of your healthy lifestyle
- Continuous monitoring of your heart's response to exercise
- Communication with your physician on your progress and outcomes
- Provide therapeutic exercise to increase your strength and endurance
- Motivate and encourage you to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle
Along with your physician, our registered nurses and exercise physiologist will closely monitor your progress. We will support and assist you in making healthy lifestyle changes.
Who Benefits from the Program?
Patients who are recovering from a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary stenting, heart valve repair or replacement, heart transplant or stable angina are eligible for our phase II program. Our Phase III program is open to all individuals.
What Should You Expect?
Our patients attend exercise classes 2-3 times per week. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes. Along with exercise, we discuss eating a heart-healthy diet, controlling high cholesterol, smoking cessation, regulating high blood pressure and stress management.
Phase I (Inpatient)
Phase I cardiac rehabilitation is conducted during your inpatient hospital stay.
Phase II (Outpatient)
Phase II cardiac rehab is conducted in our department at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Our Phase II participants have had a heart event or procedure within the past 12 months. With a physician's referral, we develop an exercise and educational plan to meet your specific needs.
During exercise, our registered nurse and exercise physiologist monitor your heart rhythm, heart rate and blood pressure to ensure a safe, effective workout. We focus on increasing your strength and endurance through aerobic and resistance training. Medicare and most insurance plans cover 36 visits in the Phase II program.
Phase III (Maintenance)
Graduates of our Phase II program or any individual looking for a place to exercise under medical supervision; or for primary prevention of heart disease are welcome to attend the maintenance program at our new spacious Keyser facility. This is a self-pay program.