Cardiac Rehabilitation at Forrest Health is a multiphase program designed to guide cardiac patients through the trauma and lifestyle changes that heart disease can bring. The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is administered by a multidisciplinary team including a:
- Medical Director
- Exercise Physiologist
- Registered Respiratory Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Dietician
- Wellness Counselor
- Smoking Cessation Coach
Helping You Make Positive Changes
Over the course of the rehabilitation program, which includes three sessions weekly for a total of up to 36 sessions, the team educates the patient about lifestyle management and cardiovascular risk reduction. Such lifestyle changes include:
- Regular Exercise
- Dietary Changes
- Smoking cessation
- Control of modifiable risk factors
Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation begins upon admission to Forrest General Hospital for a cardiac event. Education, early low-level exercise, family support and dietary counsel coordinated by rehabilitation staff gives patients a head start on taking control of their lives after a diagnosis of heart disease.
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation begins soon after discharge as recommended by the physician and focuses on risk factor modification, allowing patients to gradually adopt healthy lifestyles.
A fitness evaluation, walking test and lab test as indicated by need and diagnosis, are conducted at the beginning and end of the program.
Nutrition counseling is provided in an ongoing effort to modify total body weight and blood lipids (cholesterol). Educational topics such as anatomy and physiology of the heart, stress reduction, effects of medication and modification of lifestyle to reflect heart-healthy living are presented during the course.
TeleRehab: Alternative Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
This option is designed to meet the needs of individuals living outside the Hattiesburg area. The service, known as TeleRehab, allows patients to participate in a telemetry-monitored cardiac rehabilitation program based at a local health care facility in their community. Voice and electrocardiogram information are transmitted to a Forrest Health Cardiac Rehabilitation professional who monitors heart rate and rhythm. We know that altering your lifestyle is a big change, and we're committed to making the process as convenient as possible for you