Patients recovering from heart or lung conditions gain control over their health with nationally certified NorthBay Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. Comprehensive, nurse-supervised exercise and education programs help patients recover quickly and safely, gaining self-confidence and strength to return to daily activities. Patients with new and chronic illnesses learn to manage their disease and address risk factors to enhance quality of life and prevent disability.
Cardiac Rehabilitation program
Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
Cardiac Wellness programs
Patients with the following conditions may benefit from referral to the program:
Designed for patients recovering from heart disease and cardiac events such as heart attacks, post PTCA/stents, valve surgery or bypass surgery. Patients frequently admitted with CHF or angina can also benefit significantly. Patients admitted to this program can expect:
Cardiac Rehab is covered by most insurance if ordered by the physician.
Patients with lung disorders such as COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Fibrosis or Chronic Bronchitis may be referred to this program. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is also required prior to lung transplantation to prepare for surgery. Patients admitted to this program can expect:
Cardiac Wellness Program
This comprehensive education and exercise program is designed for people with multiple risk factors for developing heart disease. Developed to give participants tools to make lifestyle changes and reduce risk factors, the focus is on making choices and decisions that improve overall health. The safety of nurse-supervised exercise is combined with fun, supportive environment and solidarity of being with others facing the same issues. Once finished, participants walk away with a program to take to a local gym or use at home.
The cost of the program is $198.00 and is not reimbursable by insurance or Partnership Healthplan.
Patients who no longer require close monitoring or who have just finished one of the traditional Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehab programs can benefit from the maintenance program. Patients who are familiar with the equipment and routine can continue their program with security of nurse-supervision. With a strong support group type environment, participants help each other stay on track to keep exercising.
Supervised Exercise Makes the Difference
The Cardiac & Pulmonary rehabilitation team develops individualized exercise programs based on physician orders and each participant’s personal exercise experience, fitness level, special needs and limitations.
A focus on proper exercise technique means programs include stretching, warm-up and cool-down. Specially trained nurses help set individual goals and review progress, guiding participants through personal exercise routines. Nurses electronically monitor heart rate and blood pressure during the sessions, watching closely for any changes. Small group classes allow nurses to focus on safety while patients make progress toward recovery.
Education Improves Long-term Health
Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on recovery and prevention of future heart problems. NorthBay Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program staff provide support and encouragement to help patients make healthy changes to last a lifetime. Educational components of the program include:
Nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), NorthBay Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation meets the gold standard of rehabilitative care for heart patients. AACVPR instituted program certification in 1998 to recognize programs that were meeting the standards in the published Guidelines for Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation. These documents reflect the highest standard of care and are regularly updated. Programs must demonstrate adherence to these nationally developed guidelines by undergoing the review process to become certified, and must recertify every three years. Those applying for certification are required to complete an extensive checklist related to the daily operation of their program, patient safety, staff competency, and proper policies and procedures.
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