A cardiac rehabilitation program takes place in a hospital, such as Norton County Hospital, or in the community. "Rehab" is for patients who are getting better after heart problems or surgery. For patients who have had heart conditions, one of the best things they can do is get into a rehab program.
What happens in our cardiac rehab program?
- Rehabilitation programs can help patients change their lifestyle habits.
- Many people find that rehab programs are helpful after getting out of the hospital.
- During rehabilitation, patients are monitored for a change in symptoms by a nurse or another health care professional.
How can our program help?
- Patients will improve their cardiovascular fitness.
- Patients will meet others who have just been through a similar event.
Warning Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort with one or more of these symptoms:
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs, including breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Phase 2 outpatient services are usually paid by commercial insurance or Medicare following:
- Heart attack within the last 12 months
- Coronary bypass (CABG)
- Stable angina
- PCTA or stenting
- Heart valve surgery
- Compensated heart failure
NCH also offers a maintenance program for exercise within Cardiac Rehab. This is a self-paid program for a monthly agreement.
Cardiac rehab is located on the lower level, next to Rehabilitation (physical therapy). The easiest way to get there is through the Outpatient/Specialty Clinic entrance, and take the elevator down to the basement. Cardiac Rehab is just across from the elevator. You may park in the main hospital lot.
Hours vary based on patient appointments. For more information, contact:
Ruth Mizell, RN
American Heart Association