Cardiopulmonary Services at IGHIraan General Hospital is proud to add both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (rehab) to our list of rehab services. IGH has embraced these newer treatments that focus on chronic conditions related to the heart, lungs and other diseases affecting the respiratory and cardiac systems.
You can receive more information by using these links: Cardiac Rehabilitation or Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Please feel free to contact Shari Spittler,RN, Program Director at 432-639-2575 ext 420 with any questions or additional information. Remember to include your contact information.
Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR)Both our CR and PR are multidisciplinary programs run by a team of medical professionals who are specially trained to treat people with chronic heart and lung diseases. Participants in our CR or PR programs will learn about their condition and gain skills to help them manage it. The program includes:
Education sessions: designed for people with chronic heart or lung disease.
Teaching sessions: where you learn about your condition, medications, and how to prevent infection.
Support of others: learn from others who are living with chronic heart or lung disease.
Breathing and relaxation techniques: helps in reducing shortness of breath and anxiety.
Expected outcomes as a result of active participation and completion of our CR or PR program: (Results will vary depending on the type of illness and severity):
Do more things you enjoy (going to a movie, fishing, traveling or shopping)
Inprove your strength, endurance, and independence
Do daily activities, such as household tasks, with less shortness of breath.
Understand your symptoms and medications. This can mean fewer emergency and clinic medical visits and less time in the hospital.
Learn to relax and not panic when you feel short of breath. This decreases anxiety, depression and fear.
Quit smoking. Even now, this is the most important change you can make for your health.
Get answers to your healthcare questions
Set and meet realistic goals
What can you expect during the assessment:
Medical history and physical exam
Musculoskeletal and exercise assessment
Activities of daily living
CR includes cardiac monitoring during rehab
What else do I need to know about the programs?
You will need a referral from your Doctor
Most insurances and Medicare cover the cost of these programs.
Active participation in these programs are necessary to achieve benefits.
The programs usually lasts 8 - 12 weeks (CR up to 36 sessions), two or three times a week.
Even after you complete the CR or PR program, the benefits of rehab will be ongoing, as long as you keep exercising and using the skills you have learned.