cardiac rehab

Springhill Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation is housed on the first floor of the Heart Center, which is conveniently located on Dauphin Street at I-65.


SMC Heart Center Features:

  • A 92,000 square-foot building that includes cardiac rehab, cath lab, open heart surgery, and cardiologist offices.
  • All-inclusive diagnostic group of services including nuclear medicine, non-invasive vascular lab, EKG, mitral valve prolapse clinic, congestive heart failure clinic, and valet parking.
  • State-of-the-art monitoring and exercise equipment designed for medical rehabilitation.

Program Goals

  • Improve understanding of heart disease through education
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness through structured and supervised exercise
  • Decrease patient’s risk factors
  • Manage emotional stress
  • Control and decrease symptoms of heart disease
  • Improve quality of life
  • Develop proper diet through education
  • Promote effective smoking cessation
  • Relaxation techniques

 

Common Diagnoses To Benefit From Cardiac Rehabilitation

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  • Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (open heart surgery)
  • Stable angina (controlled chest pain)

Referral for “Back-on-Track” Program

Each patient entering the program must be referred by his/her physician.

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“Back-on-Track” Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

  • Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
  • Begins 2-4 weeks following a heart attack or 6-8 weeks after heart surgery
  • Class typically lasts for 12 weeks, meeting 3 times per week for a total of 36 sessions
  • Classes offered Monday through Friday at various times throughout the morning and afternoon
  • Education classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday and begin a new cycle every two weeks
  • Staff includes a board certified cardiologist, nurses certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and exercise physiologists
  • Upon completion of program, you may continue to stay within our maintenance phase of “Back-on-Track”
  • Counseling and massage therapy on site to help patients manage stress and relax

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Pulmonary Therapy Program
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Program Goals

  • Improve understanding of lung disease through education
  • Improve physical fitness through structured and supervised exercise
  • Educate patients about medication
  • Provide instruction about the use of medical equipment
  • Develop proper diets
  • Improve breathing techniques
  • Control and decrease symptoms of lung disease
  • Manage panic attacks/relaxation techniques
  • Improve quality of life
  • Promote effective smoking cessation

Common Diagnoses To Benefit From Pulmonary Therapy Program

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  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic asthma
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Asbestosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchitasis
  • Lung cancer

Our Exercise Program

  • Exercise program typically lasts for 6 weeks, meeting three times weekly for a total of 18 sessions.
  • Classes are offered Monday through Friday at various times in the morning and afternoon. Education classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday and begin a new cycle every two weeks.
  • Staff includes a board certified pulmonologist, a registered respiratory therapist, registered nurses certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and exercise physiologists.
  • Upon completion of program, you may continue to stay within our maintenance phase of “Back-on-Track.”
  • Counseling and massage therapy on site to help patients manage stress, panic attacks, and relax breathing muscles.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) is NOT a disease; it is a disorder. A person with mitral valve prolapse has a slight change in shape of the mitral valve which allows a part of the valve to float backwards during the heart’s contraction. The backward movement of the mitral valve allows a small amount of blood to leak back into the atrium of the heart. These abnormal movements of the valve can produce a click or murmur sound which can be detected by a stethoscope.

Common Symptoms

  • Irregular heartbeat: fluttering, skipping, palpitations
  • Racing heart beat: pounding
  • Shortness of breath: even at rest
  • Chest pain
  • Panic attacks and/or anxiety attacks
  • Fatigue: always tired, easily exhausted


Program Features

  • Testing to help doctors diagnose the disorder
  • Education classes to help patients better under stand MVP
  • Structured and supervised exercise to help improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Instruction about nutrition and medications
  • On-site counseling to help patients manage stress and panic attacks
  • Table massage to help patients manage stress


Program Goals

  • Improve understanding of MVP
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Manage stress and panic attacks
  • Improve quality of life

Tests Performed at Springhill Medical Center

  • Echocardiogram
  • Autonomic Nervous System Test (Tilt Table Test)
  • Metabolic Stress Test