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Cardiac 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

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

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

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

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. 

Heart Failure Program

Nearly six million Americans have heart failure. It’s the single biggest reason people over age 65 go to the hospital. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart weakens so blood doesn’t flow normally. Muscles get thick and stiff. The body may retain fluid and salt, causing swelling and discomfort. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney and thyroid disease can cause heart failure.

Newberry Hospital and Amedisys Home Health are partnering on a new program to help patients with heart failure live at home comfortably and with confidence. There are two components:

1. Free Classes are held the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 am at the first floor conference room of the Atrium Professional Building next to Newberry Hospital. For patients and family members, the classes cover important topics like what is heart failure, eating for heart health and understanding heart medications. Lunch is included. Register in advance by calling 803.405.7484.

2. Free Electronic Home Health Monitoring is provided to heart failure patients. The monitor detects changes that could be harmful and notifies a nurse, who then calls the patient to check on them. If care is needed, a referral is made. The monitoring system is easy to use. We even set it up for you!

You can live well at home with help. If you, a loved one, friend or neighbor is living with heart failure and could use help, contact Newberry Hospital.

For more information on Newberry Hospital’s Heart Failure Program, call 803.405.7484 or download this brochure.