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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Infirmary Health’s Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Infirmary Health offers medically supervised exercise, education and counseling to patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. The program assists them in leading productive and active lives. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is offered at each of the Infirmary Fitness Center locations at Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital and North Baldwin Infirmary.

About Cardiac Rehab

Patients of all ages and with many forms of heart disease benefit from the program, particularly if your medical history includes:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
  • Certain congenital heart diseases
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve replacements
  • Peripheral arterial disease

How the program works

Cardiac Rehab patients attend three exercise sessions a week. Depending on the prescribed routine, these sessions may include walking on an indoor track, workouts in the exercise room, or supervised aquatics class. Patients receive information on nutrition, smoking, stress, obesity, and other risk factors.

Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Reduced shortness of breath and fatigue in people with heart failure
  • Increased endurance
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Decreased emotional stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Increased quality of life

About Pulmonary Rehab

How the program works

Participation in the program begins with a referral from your physician. A member of our team will follow up with you and begin the enrollment process as directed by your doctor. An initial evaluation and orientation will be scheduled. Your exercise plan depends on your physical condition. The staff evaluates and progresses your activity on an individual basis.

Exercise sessions are held two times per week. During your sessions, staff members will observe your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and overall response to exercise. Exercise space includes a variety of exercise equipment and an indoor walking track. The program is tailored to meet your personal needs.

Education

The education sessions are designed to provide participants with valuable information on the following topics:

  • Lung disease
  • Breathing retraining
  • Medications
  • Healthy living
  • Airway management
  • Smoking cessation

Insurance

Medicare and many other insurance companies offer coverage for pulmonary rehabilitation. You may contact your provider for coverage information.

Maintenance Programs

The maintenance programs enable you to ease slowly into more independent exercise by providing the support you need to safely advance your exercise program. An adult family member or support person may exercise with you as a buddy for an additional fee. You may stay in the maintenance program indefinitely for a monthly fee. A physician referral is required.

Contact Us

For more information, call one of our three convenient locations:

Mobile Infirmary Operation BounceBack: (251) 435-5157

Thomas Hospital Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab: (251) 279-1697

North Baldwin Infirmary Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab: (251) 239-2573

A physician referral is required to join Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab. For a nominal fee, participants may bring a family member to exercise with them.

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