The cardiopulmonary staff provides treatment, education, and support to patients. Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners, also known as Respiratory Therapists (RTs), and Registered Nurses (RNs) are key members of the cardiopulmonary team here at PVHC. Under the direction of physicians, they will evaluate and care for patients with heart and lung disorders. The interventions provided at PVHC by our cardiopulmonary team are both therapeutic and diagnostic.
- Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
- 12-lead Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Holter Monitoring
- Cardiac Event Monitoring
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Overnight Pulse Oximetry
- Cardiac Stress Testing
Inpatient Services (may also include some outpatient services)
- Oxygen Therapy
- Incentive Spirometry
- Heated High-Flow Oxygen Therapy
- Aerosol Treatments
- Chest Physiotherapy
- Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV aka CPAP or Bi-level)
- Mechanical Ventilation (Invasive)
- Smoking Cessation Education
Cardiac rehab to help your heart heal
If you’ve had a heart attack, bypass surgery or another serious heart issue, you may benefit from outpatient cardiac rehabilitation at Powell Valley Healthcare. Cardiac rehab may help you safely return to your activities while reducing your risk for future heart problems.
Program participants exercise in our outpatient facility, using treadmills and other workout equipment. And the exercise is performed under the supervision of a trained Respiratory Therapist or Registered Nurse.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation exercise and education program is tailored to meet your individual needs and fitness level – whether you’ve had a heart attack, heart surgery, cardiac procedure – including placement of a stent or angioplasty, or have been diagnosed with heart failure. It is guided by a professional team of RNs and respiratory therapists.
Why is cardiac rehab important? Cardiac rehab offers benefits in helping you get back to work and recreation. It also improves strength and endurance and can help you get on the right track. It helps to:
- Lower cholesterol
- Promote weight loss
- Decrease high blood pressure
- Improve blood sugar control
- Reduce Stress
Through supervised exercise, encouragement, and support, cardiovascular rehabilitation can help you improve your over-all level of physical conditioning, regain your confidence and strength and provide you with the motivation and encouragement needed to make positive life-style choices.
Those who need pulmonary rehabilitation have been told by their physician that they have a chronic lung disease such as:
- Interstitial Lung Disease
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is the treatment of pulmonary (lung) diseases through an individually tailored education and exercise program. Pulmonary Rehab staff consists of a team of professionals – RNs, respiratory therapists and a physician, who help improve the quality of life for people affected by chronic lung diseases. The team gives you the knowledge you need to better manage your lung disease and to understand how stress, exercise, diet and medications affect your condition.
The program is designed to help you:
- Breathe easier
- Become more independent with activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Increase your ability to do your daily activities like housekeeping, driving, climbing stairs, and doing yard work
- Improve your ability to travel and enjoy hobbies and sports
- Quit smoking for good
- Participate in an exercise program at home or at a gym
What is the cost of cardiac or pulmonary rehab?
Insurance coverage varies and will need to be addressed on an individual basis. Common diagnoses that insurance and Medicare typically may cover include:
- Heart attack
- Open heart surgery
- Angioplasty and/or stenting
- Stable angina
- Moderate to severe COPD
- ILD (Interstitial lung disease)
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Confirmed or suspected Covid-19 with persistent respiratory symptoms
Patient financial services and our rehab staff can assist you with determining insurance/Medicare coverage.