Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
TRMC Heart and Vascular Center
901 East 18th Street
Tifton, Georgia 31794

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at the TRMC Heart and Vascular Center is located on the 20th Street side of Tift Regional Medical Center.  Please park in the 20th Street parking lot or parking garage and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

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About TRMC Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 

Tift Regional Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation unit provides medically prescribed, individualized education and physical rehabilitation for patients recovering from coronary and pulmonary events and helps to prevent future occurrences. 

Located within the TRMC Heart and Vascular Center, the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation unit teaches individuals about their disease, symptoms and management .  The program also helps individuals with heart disease to improve their coronary risk factors.  Available programs help participants stop smoking, lose weight, manage diabetes, lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol and reduce emotional stress.

Recovering from and coping with cardiovascular disease, open-heart surgery or heart attack can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life.  In addition to the mental strain, recovery often involves intense physical demands and that’s where rehabilitation can help.

Benefits of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

With cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, patients typically:

  • Reduce their risk of a future heart attack by 25 percent
  • Experience decreased chest pain, shortness of breath with activity and need for medications
  • Lose weight, increase energy and lower cholesterol
  • Improve stability, strength and mobility
  • Decrease the likelihood of heart failure 

The Four Phases of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Phase I: Inpatient Education.  The process begins while the patient is in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, coronary angioplasty, heart failure, angina or other cardiovascular disorders.  Patients and their family are educated about their specific disorder or disease and their transition to home.  Our team of nurses, cardiologists, dietitians and clinical exercise physiologists implement a program to help patients  resume a normal lifestyle. 

Cardiac Rehab nurses discuss the risk factors associated with heart disease due to high blood pressure, stress, obesity, high cholesterol or a family history of cardiovascular disease.  The patient is given a home exercise program and information on the outpatient program at TRMC.

Phase II: Early Outpatient Program.  Early outpatient is a telemetry-monitored progressive exercise and education program designed for those who have recently experienced a cardiac event.  This is a doctor-referred program that is covered by Medicare and the majority of the other insurances.  Phase II includes:

  • Individual exercise program
  • EKG telemetry monitoring
  • Evaluation of blood pressure
  • Blood sugar checks for diabetics
  • Progress reports to your physicians
  • Nutritional assessment and consultation
  • Educational classes
  • Cardiac stress management
  • Support groups

Phase III: Outpatient Program.  The Phase III program is a supervised, intermittent monitoring program.  It is not covered by insurance (self-pay) and requires a physician referral.

Phase IV: Outpatient Maintenance Program.  This program is available to participants who have completed monitored sessions.  It is not covered by insurance (self-pay) and requires a physician referral.  Phase IV participants exercise under the close supervision of our staff, which are available for advice, counseling, and intervention.  This maintenance program includes:

  • Checking blood pressures and heart rates
  • Charting patients’ weight before exercise
  • Progress reports to physicians
  • Educational materials for patient & family
  • Nutritional assessment/consultation as needed