Joe Belyusar, MPT
Cardiac & Pulmonary
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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Certified by the Joint Commission on Cardiac Rehabilitation–SCMA/American Heart Association, South Carolina Affiliate
Within days of a heart attack or other heart problem, the staff of our nationally and state certified Cardiac Rehabilitation program guide your recuperation and help you regain the best possible quality of life.
Our team includes a nurse with cardiac care and wellness education experience, an exercise physiologist, a local Internal Medicine physician who serves as a medical director, a dietician, and a counselor and psychologist with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised, certified three-phase program that provides monitored exercise therapy and lifestyle education. The goal of the program is to assist you in returning to the best health possible after a cardiac event.
Phase I is for those who are hospitalized due to a heart attack or other forms of heart disease. Phase I includes individual and family education about heart disease and carefully designed low-level physical activity.
Phase II includes exercise sessions three times a week for 12 weeks. This prescription may vary depending upon individual exercise tolerance. Each session consists of warm-up time, a conditioning program of individually prescribed exercises, and a cool-down phase, which allows your heart to return to a resting state. Your heart rate is monitored continuously during each exercise session by means of an EKG tracing made with telemetry equipment.
Phase III enhances your optimal conditioning and maintains your defense against heart disease. Preventive care is a critical part of this phase, which you enter after achieving your highest level of conditioning in Phase II.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have lung disease such as asthma, emphysema or chronic bronchitis. This 12-week course is designed for individuals with mild to moderate pulmonary problems. A registered respiratory therapist, exercise physiologist or registered nurse supervises all exercise classes.
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