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Cardiac Rehab

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center focuses on individuals who have heart disease or who are at high risk for developing heart disease. With your physician's referral, the cardiac rehabilitation team will establish a personalized program tailored to meet each patient's cardiac rehabilitation needs and capabilities. Patients graduate from the program with improvement in strength and endurance as well as overall health and wellness.

When used in conjunction with your medical and/or surgical treatment, cardiac rehabilitation is a safe and effective way to help you:

  • Feel better faster
  • Get stronger physically and emotionally
  • Reduce and manage stress
  • Reduce your risk of future cardiovascular complications and conditions
  • Live longer and live well

You will benefit from a cardiac rehab program if you have or have had:

  • Angina
  • Heart Attack
  • Open Heart Surgery, including bypass surgery and valve replacement
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent
  • Heart Transplant

Patient Education

At Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation patients attend classes three times a week. These classes concentrate on exercise and other important aspects of daily living such as good nutrition, healthy eating habits, weight control, smoking cessation, diabetes, cardiac risk factors and cholesterol and stress management. Spouses, care-givers and family members are also strongly encouraged to attend these classes.

  • Phase II
    This program involves aerobic and strength conditioning. This phase emphasizes a specialized exercise program designed to help patients reach their full potential. Patients wear a telemetry heart monitor so that the cardiac rehabilitation staff can safely monitor a patient's progress throughout a 12-week period. The monitor provides continuous feedback on the body's responses to exercise, ensures safety, indicates appropriate responses for progression, and keeps careful watch over a patient's blood pressure, heart rate, and rhythm. Throughout the program, each patient's physician is continuously updated on his or her progress.
  • Pre-Wellness Program
    This program is designed for those patients who don't fall under the traditional guidelines for admission into Cardiac Rehabilitation such as those individuals who suffer from illness such as obesity, lung disease, or diabetes. With a physician's referral, patients attend 18 exercise sessions and educational classes for 6 weeks that focus on important aspects of daily living, such as good nutrition, healthy eating habits, weight control, smoking cessation, diabetes, cardiac risk factors, and cholesterol and stress management.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center establishes a safe and effective program to start each patient on the road to recovery. Cholesterol management and follow-up tests allow the staff to monitor and ensure each patient's progress, and all results are sent to the patient's physician.

Community Services
The Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Department also offers classes in the Medical Center and out in the community. Below is a list of some of the classes offered:

Smoking Cessation Program
This 6 week program is based on the "Freedom from Smoking" program created by the American Lung Association. Arkansas Methodist Medical Center's Smoking Cessation counselors are all trained by the American Lung Association to run the "Freedom from Smoking" program.

The American Lung Association program is based on behavior modification, so nicotine replacement and prescriptive medications will be discussed, but not directly utilized.

AMMC is committed to helping smokers quit the habit. This is one of many ways that we're contributing to the fight against cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and other serious health problems that result from cigarette smoking.

If you're a smoker and you're looking for a reason to quit this dangerous habit, click here for more information.

These classes are offered at the Medical Center as well as out in the community. For more information about the AMMC Smoking Cessation Program or to schedule a class, please call 870-239-7343.

Tobacco Awareness Program
The best way to stop using tobacco is never to start. During Red Ribbon Week, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center visits area schools to educate children on the dangers of tobacco and smoking. Children are shown what tobacco does to your body through graphic photos, illustrations, and demonstrations.

Asthma Education
AMMC offers classes and visits area schools to educate children and parents on the hidden danger and warning signs for asthma.