Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation in Summerville, SC

Cardiac rehabilitation allows patients to begin a safe exercise regimen in an environment where their heart rhythms and rates are continuously monitored and assessed by medically trained staff.

The cardiac rehab program at Summerville Medical Center encourages healthy lifestyle changes through an individualized treatment plan addressing nutritional, psychological and physical deficits. Our goal is to help patients return to their prior level of function, improve heart strength and prevent further damage to the blood vessels.

You must have a physician referral to participate in cardiac rehab.

For more information, call please call our cardiac rehab team at (843) 970-5021.

Why is cardiac rehab important?

Cardiac rehab offers many benefits for people who have heart conditions such as heart failure or experienced a cardiac event like heart attack. Those benefits include:

  • Learning how to work toward your ideal body weight and overall health
  • Starting a personalized exercise program designed to fit your needs
  • Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease and knowing when to seek medical attention
  • Reducing your risk factors and chances of having a future heart attack
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Returning to work and regular activities

Who qualifies for cardiac rehab?

You may qualify for the program if you have experienced one of the following conditions:

  • Heart attack in the last 12 months
  • Complex heart surgery
  • Current, stable angina
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Coronary stenting
  • Heart or lung transplant
  • Stable chronic heart failure (your doctor must provide qualifying criteria on referral)

Cardiac rehab is part of our overall cardiovascular care program and is covered by most insurance companies. Talk to your cardiologist if you are interested in participating in the program. Referrals can be faxed to (843) 832-5118.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a useful resource if you have a chronic respiratory disease. It can help reduce symptoms, decrease disabilities, increase participation in activities of daily life and improve overall quality of life.

Our pulmonary rehabilitation program includes:

  • Behavioral intervention
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Exercise training

To participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, you must quit smoking or begin a smoking cessation program. Participants attend rehabilitation twice a week for several weeks or months, depending on their individual needs.