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Cardiopulmonary Rehab

What is Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation?

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation doctor and patientCardiopulmonary rehab offers individualized prescribed exercise therapy, education and social support for those with heart and lung disease. By participating in the program the individuals become actively involved in managing their health and improving their quality of life. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation has three phases.

Our team of Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists, including exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, behavioral health specialists, nurses and physicians as the Medical Directors.

Phase 1

This phase begins while the patient is still in the hospital. It includes mobility, walking and simple exercises provided by the rehab services team. It is designed to provide
education and training to the patient and family.

Phase 2

This is a closely monitored exercise program for outpatient heart and lung patients. Patients will have a personalized exercise program designed to safely increase endurance and fitness levels. Education and social support are combined with exercise to make positive lifestyle choices.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is available for participants who have completed Phase II. A 12-visit punch card is available for purchase through Rehabilitation Services at Central Washington Hospital. Classes are offered daily.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Tuesday & Thursday)

Respiratory therapists and exercise specialists conduct small group classes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each exercise session is an hour in length up to 36 visits. For the oxygen dependent patient, we provide supplemental O2 each session. Vital signs are monitored closely and exercise prescriptions are individually designed each session.

Those that qualify for Pulmonary Rehab include but are not limited to:

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Lung Transplant

We conduct multiple classes a day to accommodate different schedules. We also provide weekly health education classes in addition to the exercise portion of the program. Some of the topics included are:

  • Pulmonary Medications
  • Lung Anatomy
  • Bronchial Hygiene
  • Fall risk and Prevention
  • Stress and Depression
  • Nutrition
  • Benefits of Exercise
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Oxygen Therapy

A monthly Q & A session with the medical director is provided.

Cardiac Rehabilitation (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Exercise specialists conduct small group classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each session is an hour in length up to 36 visits. We conduct ECG monitored exercise,
monitor vital signs and provide individualized exercise prescriptions each session.

Those that qualify for Cardiac Rehab include but are not limited to:

  • Myocardial Infarction (MI, or Heart Attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Stable Angina
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Stent Placement
  • Heart Transplant

We conduct multiple classes a day to accommodate different schedules. We also provide weekly health education classes in addition to the exercise portion of the program. Some of the topics included are:

  • Cardiac Medications
  • Heart Anatomy and the Disease Process
  • Benefits of Exercise
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Stress and Depression
  • Living with Heart Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Q&A with Cardiology PA-Cs

Learn more about the program, please call Rehabilitation Services at 509.433.3212. Referrals can be made by a physician, or by another health care professional. The individual’s physician will be contacted prior to the program enrollment.

**The Rehabilitation Services department is located on the ground floor of the hospital tower. Parking is available off of Fuller Street.
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