Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs
Coronary artery disease
is the number one cause of death among men and women in the U.S, while pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death. Preventive and rehabilitative care for individuals with coronary artery disease reduces the need for hospitalization, as well as readmission, enhances the quality of life and raises chance of survival.
Cardiac rehabilitation provides supervised exercise training and telemetry monitoring, psychological support and educational classes that focus on risk factor modification.
Wheeling Hospital's Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, begun in 1978, is the longest running such program in the State of West Virginia. Currently, the program serves nearly 50 patients daily.
Pulmonary rehabilitation provides supervised exercise training, respiratory care instruction and nutritional counseling, as well as educational classes and psychosocial support. Some individuals with pulmonary disease are able to maintain their usual level of activities if appropriate health care measures are followed.