At Halifax Health, we are committed to help each patient breathe easier, by providing continued support and resources to patient wellbeing far beyond the point of diagnosis. Our state-of-the-art care will help optimize heart and lung health through cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
If you have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, stent valve repair or replacement surgery, or have been diagnosed with stable angina, Halifax Health – Center for Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehab Program can help to improve the health of your cardiovascular system and reduce your risk of developing further problems. Those at high risk for heart disease are also encouraged to participate in the Cardiac Rehab Program. Risk factors include a family history of heart disease, smoking, hypertension, obesity, inactivity, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, diabetes, and stress.
Heart Healthy exercise and education
The Cardiac Rehab Program is a 12-week medically supervised exercise and educational program designed specifically for those at risk for heart disease. Our carefully monitored exercise program can help improve overall conditioning by controlling and lowering your pulse rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Studies have shown that even a low level exercise program can result in positive physical, psychological, sexual, and vocational changes.
Our specialized staff will work closely with you to assess your cardiovascular fitness and develop an individualized exercise plan. The members of our staff include a registered dietitian, registered nurses, and a respiratory therapist.
The Cardiac Rehab Program is in the 201 Building on the Halifax Health Medical Center main campus, just south of the Fountain building. A referral from your physician is required. The cost will depend on your insurance plan.
We take a comprehensive approach to the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients receive an individual assessment to develop a program tailored for their wellbeing. The program offers a series of continuing education, monitored exercise programs and a team of experts consisting of:
- Respiratory Therapists
- Exercise Specialists
Halifax Health – Pulmonary Services is here to ensure that each patient, and their support system, has the maximum level of resources for heart and lung health.
There are a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services which include
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
- Bronchodilator Therapy