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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

At Fit for Life, our mission is to advance the health of all individuals, especially Missourians, through our health and wellness programs. We offer inpatient and outpatient services for individuals with cardiac and pulmonary disease. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Who can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

If you have had chest pain (angina), heart attack (myocardial infarction), open heart surgery, coronary angioplasty or stents, heart valve replacement, heart transplant, congestive heart failure or peripheral arterial disease you could benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. 

Possible benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

The possible benefits of cardiac rehabilitation include increased functional capacity, increased knowledge of disease treatment and process, improved lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of future heart attack or stroke, improved blood pressure control, improved cholesterol and increased support and motivation to help make important lifestyle changes.

What is included in the cardiac rehab program?

Phase 1 cardiac rehab

During your hospital stay, a cardiac rehab nurse will speak with you regarding activity progression, and give you individualized information and education about the recovery process and risk factor management. 

Phase 2 cardiac rehab

Once an order from your physician for phase II cardiac rehab is received, the Fit For Life staff will call you to discuss the program and schedule a start date.

What does the program include? 

  • Medical evaluation
  • Monitored exercise
  • Risk factor management including: cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, weight, and smoking
  • Lifestyle education
  • Physical activity counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Support
  • Communication with your referring physician
  • Energy Medicine classes

How long does the program last?

The length of the program varies from patient to patient; however, many patients may qualify for up to 36 sessions over a 12 week time period. Sessions are typically completed 3 times per week.

Where is the program located?

Fit for Life is located on the ground floor of University Hospital in GL-20, right below the main entrance. 

Is cardiac rehab covered by insurance?

Phase II cardiac rehab is covered by most insurance companies for the diagnoses listed above. We will assist with contacting your insurance company to determine coverage prior to your initial session.

What happens after completion of cardiac rehab?

After completion of phase II cardiac rehab, there are several options to maintain and continue to improve your health and wellness. Fit for Life offers a phase III or maintenance cardiac rehab program. This allows you to participate in supervised exercise. You may also feel comfortable enough to continue your exercise program at home or at a local gym. Regardless of the path you choose, we encourage you to continue working toward the successful management of living with heart disease.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Who can benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation?

Individuals with chronic pulmonary disease, affecting their functional status and quality of life can benefit from pulmonary rehab. Patients with the following may be eligible:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Restrictive lung disease

Possible benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation

The possible benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation include increased knowledge of disease treatment and process, improved quality of life, increased strength and endurance, decreased anxiety and fear of activities that cause shortness of breath, decreased exacerbation and hospitalizations and increased support and motivation to help make important lifestyle changes.

What is included in the pulmonary rehab program?

Phase 1 pulmonary rehab

If you are hospitalized with an acute pulmonary exacerbation, a pulmonary rehab nurse may be consulted to speak with you regarding your disease process management, activity progression, and risk factor modification.

Phase 2 pulmonary rehab

Once an order from your physician for phase II pulmonary rehab is received, the Fit For Life staff will call you to discuss the program and schedule a start date.

What does the program include? 

  • Medical evaluation
  • Monitored exercise
  • Risk factor management including: cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, weight, and smoking
  • Lifestyle education
  • Physical activity counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Support
  • Communication with your referring physician
  • Energy Medicine classes

How long does the program last?

The length of the program varies from patient to patient; however, many patients may qualify for up to 36 sessions over a 12 week time period. Sessions are typically completed 3 times per week.

Where is the program located?

Fit for Life is located on the ground floor of University Hospital in GL-20, right below the main entrance. 

Is pulmonary rehab covered by insurance?

Many insurances, including Medicare, provide coverage for pulmonary rehab. We will assist with contacting your insurance company to determine coverage prior to your initial session.

What happens after completion of pulmonary rehab?

After completion of phase II pulmonary rehab, there are several options to maintain and continue to improve your quality of life and functional status. Fit for Life offers a phase III or maintenance pulmonary rehab program. This allows you to participate in supervised exercise. You may also feel comfortable enough to continue your exercise program at home or at a local gym. Regardless of the path you choose, we encourage you to continue working toward the successful management of living with a chronic pulmonary disease

Services

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, please call (573) 882-4283, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email fitforlife@health.missouri.edu.