Often following a cardiovascular event, our cardiologists may refer a patient to Scotland Memorial Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program. This medically supervised program is designed to optimize a patient's physical, psychological, and social functioning. In addition to stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of the underlying disease process, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation can help reduce the chance of death and disability and reduce health care costs.
Scotland Memorial's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Cardiologist Dr. Olujide Lawal serves as the cardiac rehab medical director.
A Three-Phase Program
Cardiac Rehab at Scotland Memorial Hospital consists of three phases:
Components of the Cardiac Rehab Program
Patients must undergo an exercise electrocardiogram to assess physical stamina and the level of tolerance for exercise. Other tests may be administered to obtain a complete patient profile and analysis including:
This outpatient program is designed for men and women who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, chest pain or risk factors for heart disease. The program serves those who have one or more of the following diagnoses:
Participants enter Cardiac Rehab soon after hospital discharge by physician referral, with a range of five days post-surgery to nine months post-event. The average patient is four weeks post-event. The goal of the program is to safely and promptly transition patients from a cardiac event to the point where they can return to work or pursue their favorite activities, while providing them with support, guidance, education and improved physical condition.
Physicians refer patients to the pulmonary rehab program during stable periods of the disease process. This may include recent hospital discharges or after an acute incidence of disease symptoms. The goal is to educate patients on the disease process and the appropriate use of medications and equipment and they work to improve physical conditioning and endurance through exercise. Additionally, they help reduce feelings of shortness of breath through retraining and energy conservation resulting in enhanced quality of life.
Prior to admission, pulmonary function studies are performed in addition to other measures such as:
This outpatient program serves people with one or more of the following diagnoses:
Scotland Memorial Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is located in the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. It is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
The Cardiopulmonary Rehab staff can help determine insurance eligibility. For further details contact a staff member at (910)-291-7409 or toll-free at 1-877-SMHRHAB.
Hours of Service
Monday through Thursday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For additional information about the Cardiopulmonary Rehab program at Scotland Memorial Hospital, contact the department at (910) 291-7409 or toll-free at 1-877-SMHRHAB.