Cardiac and Pulmanary Rehab programs reopen at Wild Rose on May 8

The ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs will reopen on May 8, providing residents with a local site to complete their vital rehabilitation following severe cardiac events, including heart attacks or heart surgeries, and a variety of chronic pulmonary conditions.

“Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process,” said Kim Lepinski, a registered nurse who will lead the cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. “The cardiac program is a mix of education and exercise. We get the patient’s blood moving, which strengthens the heart and improves overall health.”

The cardiac rehabilitation program is known as Phase 2 since it occurs after the patient leaves the hospital. It is designed to strengthen and stabilize the heart.

“Medicare and most insurance providers provide up to 36 cardiac rehab sessions since studies have shown how vital they are to a patient’s recovery,” said Stephanie Yenter, the lead for the ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca cardiac rehab program, which served Wild Rose patients while the rehab was briefly closed.

“Ideally, patients come into the cardiac rehab lab three times a week,” she continued. While they exercise on treadmills or bikes, patients are closely monitored on a heart monitor. The education component of the sessions focuses on multiple issues such as better eating habits and stress management. Patients also learn about other educational classes that might benefit their overall health, such as the diabetes management program.

“Many patients worry after having a cardiac event about being able to do the things they used to be able to do. The rehab helps them to be more confident and improves their overall health,” Lepinski said.

After patients complete Phase 2, they can sign up for Phase 3 rehab, which means they can continue to come to the rehab department for exercise sessions. There is no limit to how long patients can stay in Phase 3, which is a self-pay program.

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