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Cardiac Rehab

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Cardiac rehab

St. James Hospital is committed to the community in which it serves; this includes your cardiac and pulmonary health. Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive exercise, education, and behavioral modification program designed to improve your physical and emotional condition associated with your diagnosis specific to heart disease. Our goal is to help our patients regain strength, flexibility, and endurance preventing your condition from worsening, reducing your risk of future heart problems. St. James provides Cardio Pulmonary Rehab for Phase II patients. Our medically supervised outpatient program is individually tailored and lasts for 36 sessions; approximately 12-20 weeks. A physician referral is required. All Phase II patients are electronically monitored during each exercise session.

Who Benefits

Patients with a history of:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • Current stable angina pectoris
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart failure
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Lung Cancer
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) within the past 12 months
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA/ or stent)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Evidence Supporting Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Reduced symptoms (angina, shortness of breath, fatigue)
  • Mortality benefits (approximately 20-25%)
  • Reduction in nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction over median follow-up of 12 months
  • Increased exercise performance
  • Improved lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL [good cholesterol], LDL [bad cholesterol], and triglycerides)
  • Increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management
  • Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Improved health-related quality of life
  • Improved psychosocial symptoms (reversal of anxiety and depression, increased self-efficacy)
  • Reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources
  • Return to work or leisure activities

Insurance Coverage

If you are referred to Cardiac Rehab with one of the above listed diagnosis, most insurances including Medicare will cover 36 sessions of rehab. Once your level II sessions are completed, you can choose to continue the program on a maintenance basis (Level III services), and pay for these sessions out of pocket. We offer Level III services at a greatly reduced rate. We can help you determine if your insurance eligibility, as well as offer financial assistance to those who need it.