2011-09-15 / Local & State

FCMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Providing Quality Care Since 1997


Bill Hine works out on the elliptical equipment as part of his workout. Bill Hine works out on the elliptical equipment as part of his workout. Since its inception in 1997, the Fulton County Medical Center’s cardiopulmonary rehab services has provided rehabilitation to hundreds of patients. Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are medically supervised programs designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty, heart valve surgery) and pulmonary problems (COPD, interstitial lung disease, emphysema, asthma). The Medical Center’s program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

The program consists of a three-day-per-week monitored exercise program supervised by a registered nurse. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation nurses are specially trained to monitor the body and heart’s response to exercise. The goal is to improve the health and quality of life for cardiac and pulmonary patients. Demonstrated benefits of cardiac rehab include:

Reduced symptoms (angina, dyspnea, fatigue)

Reduced mortality benefits (approximately 20-25%)

Increased exercise performance

Improved cholesterol

Improved quality of life

Reduced hospitalizations

The demonstrated benefits of pulmonary rehab include:

Reduced respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea and fatigue

Increased muscle strength

Increased ability to perform tasks of daily living

Decreased depression and anxiety

Reduced hospitalizations

Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost of cardiopulmonary rehab. Coverage can be verified by the hospital and discussed with you and your family prior to your beginning the program.

To enroll in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, discuss your interest with your physician. If you or your physician feel the program will benefit you, contact the cardiopulmonary rehab department at 485-6149.

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