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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Inpatient Cardiac Rehab

Inpatient Cardiac Rehab began in November 1978. Staff provide counseling and education for patients hospitalized with any type of heart disease. In 2002, the staff provided teaching to 760 inpatients.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab started March 9, 1979 with 4 outpatients. Today there are over 275 patients exercising five days a week. In 2002, we had over 25,000 Outpatient visits.

The primary focus is secondary prevention of another heart attack or further progression of plaque buildup. This is accomplished by helping individuals manage the risk factors that may have contributed to the heart disease in the first place such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes.

Our OP program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. We currently have seven RNs and one respiratory therapist who work in the department.

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Recent statistics show that patients who've participated in Virginia Hospital Center's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program are making long term strides. The program counsels individuals recovering from heart and/or respiratory illness on how to make improvements in diet, exercise, tobacco use and other lifestyle choices. Patients are instructed on exercising safely, strengthening muscles and improving stamina in a supervised setting. Our experienced team ensures that each patient plan is based on personal risk factors and is safe.

Our patients showed improvements in cholesterol reduction and in ratings of their overall health. Cardiac respondents showed an average drop in cholesterol of 7%, and a 13% average decline in triglyceride levels, along with a 13% increase in "overall health." Pulmonary patients reported a 12% increase in "quality of life," and equal improvements in their ability to perform routine daily activities such as grocery shopping and chores. Pulmonary patients also showed a 12% increase in stamina (judged by the distance they were able to walk in a 6-minute period).

Patients recovering in our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program are evaluated at entry and at 3-month, 6-month and one-year intervals using a questionnaire based on a national, standardized measurement tool. The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Virginia Hospital Center are nationally recognized and certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. For more information, call 703.558.6271.

Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation

We believe in stopping the problem before it starts. That's why we offer free programs to help you lower your risk of heart disease. We'll help you reduce fat and cholesterol in your diet, exercise safely, and manage stress. We also offer smoking cessation classes and other programs that help you take control of your health. These programs also support recovering patients. For more than 25 years we have helped patients achieve and maintain better heart health. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program gets results.

Our participating patients lower their total cholesterol by an average of 18%, lower their LDL ("bad") cholesterol by an average of 12%, and raise their HDL ("good") cholesterol by an average of 5%. They increase their exercise, reduce total dietary fat, and suffer less depression and anxiety.

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  • The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Virginia Hospital Center are nationally recognized and certified by the AACVPR.
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    For more information, call 703.558.6271
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