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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Blount Memorial program builds confidence, helps prevent future problems

 

Blount Memorial's four-phase cardiac rehabilitation program helps people who have experienced a cardiac-related incident, such as a heart attack or bypass surgery, live life to the fullest. The progressive approach allows patients to build confidence and overcome fears, while making the heart-healthy changes needed to prevent future problems and additional surgeries.

  1. Phase 1 - Inpatient Education
  2. Phase 2 - CHIRP
  3. Phase 3 - Medical Fitness Center
  4. Phase 4 - Wellness and Independent Exercise

For more information about cardiac rehabilitation at Blount Memorial, call 865-977-5636.

Phase 1 - Inpatient Education: While in the hospital, Blount Memorial cardiac patients learn about nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes they can make to help the heart pump more effectively and to improve quality of life.

Phase 2 - CHIRP: This safe, medically monitored program is designed to help participants reduce stress, improve quality of life, build healthier hearts and resume most, if not all, prior activities. Exercise, education, stress management and support are the main program components, and a physician referral is needed. The program includes 12-36 visits, depending on the patient's condition and insurance specifications.

Phase 3 - Medical Fitness Center: This supervised exercise program is for people who have a chronic health condition or prefer medical supervision, and it includes daily exercise and group strength classes. Program participants benefit from the support of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists who can personalize exercise regimens. All regimens include blood pressure and pulse monitoring, as well as warm-ups and cool-downs.

Phase 4 - Wellness and Independent Exercise: Phase 4 focuses on wellness and is a continuation of the Medical Fitness phase with an eventual transition to independent exercise at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. Physicians can refer patients to the program or patients can ask the Medical Fitness Center staff to make a physician referral request for them.

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