Cardiac Rehab


Have you been recently diagnosed with a heart problem? Or have you just experienced a heart attack, angina or gone through cardiac bypass surgery? Are you and your family wondering what is the next step in your recovery? CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs can provide the answer. By participating in CARDIAC REHABILITATION, you can keep yourself on the road to recovery.


What is cardiac rehabilitation?


Cardiac rehabilitation's main goal is to assist you in developing a healthy lifestyle plan. Your plan will include two major components: monitored physical activity and education. Monitored physical activity allows you to gradually increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs, strengthen your body's muscles and at the same time, help you gain the confidence you need to return to the activities of daily living. Activity sessions are designed to meet your personal needs, interests and abilities. Through education you'll begin to understand your heart condition and ways to reduce your risk for future heart problems. You'll develop a realistic plan for lowering your heart disease risk factors and participate in nutrition and stress management sessions. Remember you are not in this alone. The cardiac rehabilitation team will help you and your family learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and provide you with skills to deal with future fears.


How will I benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?


Based upon individual goals, the benefits received from cardiac rehabilitation may vary. Your benefits may include:


  • strengthening and conditioning of your heart and lungs.
  • controlling weight and lowering total cholesterol levels through good nutrition and physical activity.
  • understanding your medications, the signs and symptoms of heart disease and when to seek medical attention.
  • increasing self-confidence.
  • laying the groundwork for the development of a healthier lifestyle.
  • reducing your symptoms and chances of experiencing another cardiac event.
  • quicker return to work and activities of daily living.
  • developing coping and stress reduction skills as well as relaxation techniques.

How does the CARDIAC program work?


Our program is carefully designed to accommodate the individual needs of every cardiac patient. Participants typically spend one to twelve weeks in cardiac rehabilitation, attending three sessions per week. However, the length of your program may depend upon your goals, the progress of your recovery, or your physician's recommendations.


During the group activity sessions, the cardiac rehabilitation team will be checking how you and your heart react and adapt to activity. You may be monitored with an EKG telemetry unit. You'll learn how to take your pulse, determine your exercise intensity and exercise at a level that allows you to receive maximum benefits.


Does insurance pay for this program?


Your participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation may be paid partially or completely by your private insurance plan, Medicare or other third-party payor. Please check with your insurance company to clarify your coverage, or our staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.


Who can I contact?


Cardiac Rehab Coordinator
903-439-4141


The cardiac rehabilitation team will assist you with the steps needed to start your program. Entrance into the program will require a physician referral. If you feel you could benefit from the program you should discuss it with your physician and request a referral. The heart-healthy skills you learn in cardiac rehabilitation can last a lifetime. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs is ready to get you started.


Cardiac Rehabilitation is located on the Ground floor of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital at the Wound Care entrance.

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