The Cardiac Rehabilitation department at the Wellness Center helps patients navigate their recovery journey after going through a significant heart event.
Rehabilitation is beneficial for long-term health and is designed to get patients back on their feet with confidence. Fauquier Health's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVP).
Medically Supervised Exercise Program
The Wellness Center offers a supervised exercise training (SET) program for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Patients eligible for SET PAD often find that completing daily activities, such as taking a walk, become increasingly difficult because they experience cramps in the legs, buttocks, thighs or calves. Plaque buildup in blood vessels is common in those diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Undiagnosed PAD is common in other conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Smoking history
This medically supervised program incorporates exercise physiologists, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists in a comprehensive education program to improve quality of life. The end goal of the program is to help improve blood flow circulation and make activities easier through a combination of walking and resting.
Exercise sessions are individually tailored at the start of the program and can change based on a patient's progression. During each session, patients are monitored by their heart rate, claudication, blood pressure and exercise intensity.
Classes and Counseling
Ongoing support for cardiac patients and their family members is vitally important. We offer individual group education classes for recovering patients and families on topics like the benefits of exercise, medication compliance, nutrition, risk factor modification, and emotional health and depression.
Working With Your Doctor
Each patient's doctor is given a progress report at the completion of the cardiac rehabilitation program. Patients can also obtain a copy of the report to bring to any appointments they may have during the program. A doctor's referral is required with a qualifying ankle-brachial index, which is the ratio of a systolic blood pressure measurement in the ankle and brachial arteries. Insurance plans typically cover 36 sessions in a strict 12-week timeframe.
Questions? Contact the Wellness Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at 540.316.2651.