Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed for anyone who has experienced stable angina (chest pain), a heart attack, or any type of heart surgery. Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is divided into four phases, with each patient's exercise prescription custom designed for that individual, based upon his or her capabilities.
Participants entering the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program are given an exercise test designed to quantify patient symptoms, determine causes of dyspnea, determine potential for work, assess functional abilities and prescribe levels of exercise for individual programs. Clinical professionals monitor each patient's exercise tolerance by tracking respiratory rates, heart rates, pulse oximetry and pulmonary function. Supervised conditioning is conducted two to three times per week for up to six to eight weeks. Home exercise programs are designed for individual patients and are taught prior to discharge so our patients can continue to exercise on their own, with self-monitoring techniques learned during their program.
The goal of both the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs is to increase the functional capacity of patients, assisting individuals in attaining a normal activity level in their daily lives as a preventative treatment to decrease the frequency of necessary hospitalizations.