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Pioneer Memorial Offers Cardiac Rehabilitation

Jul 05, 2019 10:37AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

If you recently experienced a cardiac event or surgery but have not participated in a cardiac rehab program, why not?  Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services cardiac rehabilitation gives you the support to rehabilitate, recover and realize a new life after a cardiac event or diagnosis.  Rehab can do a lot to speed your recovery and reduce your chances of future heart problems.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help patients return to an active, healthy lifestyle following a cardiac dysfunction, such as heart attack or heart surgery. Cardiac rehab can improve your ability to perform activities of daily living, reduce your health risk factors, give you emotional stability, help you to manage your disease, and give you an overall higher quality of life.  

Pioneer Memorial’s rehabilitation team consists of two Registered Nurses, Diane Wirth and Kelli Zimmerman, who use a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on exercise, education and behavior modification to improve cardiovascular health on an outpatient basis.  Therapy typically occurs 3 times per week in one-on-one sessions. Your exercise sessions are individualized and will begin slow and easy and last for a short duration of time. Each time you exercise, the intensity and duration of your exercises will be increased depending on your stage or recuperation.  During each exercise session, your heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen level are monitored. Medicare & most other insurers provide reimbursement for cardiac rehab undertaken.  

You don’t need to face heart disease alone.  At Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, we realize cardiac rehab is a team effort.  A referral from a physician is necessary for entry into the cardiac rehab program. For more information about Cardiac Rehab at Pioneer Memorial, call the Cardiac Rehab Department at (605) 326-5161.