Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists work with patients who have been diagnosed with asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack and other conditions. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may reach us at 760.379.2681 ext. 247. For patients diagnosed with heart or lung disease, certain lifestyle changes can help reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists help patients understand and manage their health problems so they can live longer and do more.
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists often meet their patients for the first time just after initial diagnosis or a health crisis, such as a heart attack. Once the patient has been stabilized, the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist is called in to:
- Make sure the patient understands her condition and her medical regimen
- Explain when the patient can safely resume normal activities
- Identify unique risk factors, such as hypertension, smoking, poor diet and overweight, that may be contributing to the patient’s health problems
- Suggest interventions, including medical treatments and lifestyle changes, to reduce health risks
- Educate and support the patient in making key changes, such as eating healthier foods, quitting smoking and increasing physical activity
- Design and monitor an appropriate, customized exercise program
Improving diet, losing weight and taking certain medications can help patients reduce their health risks and enhance quality of life. While patients are usually motivated to make healthy changes following their initial diagnosis of heart or lung disease, many revert to old behaviors as time goes by. The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist aims to keep the patient motivated by providing ongoing information and positive support.
Services we offer:
- Airway management
- breathing treatments
- COPD relief
- Inpatient education