Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab

If you are recovering from heart or lung surgery, a recent heart attack, or a recent acute onset of lung disease or angina, let the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Passavant help. The program consists of Phase II and Phase III in which all exercises are monitored by a staff of registered nurses certified in advanced cardiac life-support. A Healthy Choices Program is also in place for those who wish to continue supervised aerobic exercises and strengthen their hearts and lungs.

Phase II
Phase II is a structured and supervised outpatient exercise/educational program. Each session incorporates a variety of arm and leg activities including a 5-10 minute warm-up routine followed by aerobic exercise on the following equipment: three types of stationary bicycles, two types of rowing machines, arm pulleys, treadmills, cross trainers, Stairmaster, and a HealthRider. The exercise routine is designed to fit your special needs and abilities, and your physician is sent an evaluation of your progress every 4 weeks. We will also provide you with educational materials and classes covering risk factors, anatomy and physiology, diet, stress, and medication. Phase II hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and work on scheduled appointments. Medicare and most insurance plans should cover all or most of the cost. The program usually lasts 8 weeks but can be increased to 12 weeks depending on your progress and what your insurance allows.

Phase III
After you complete Phase II of the program, you may continue on to Phase III. This phase is less structured and you will be monitored with the heart monitor at least once every 12 sessions. The cost is $30 for a group of 12 sessions. Phase III hours are from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Healthy Choices Program
The Healthy Choices Program is also a structured aerobic exercise program supervised by a staff of registered nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support that is open to Phase III Program members or those who have history of heart or lung disease, spouses of those in the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program, Senior Connection members, individuals needing a medically supervised program, Community Program members, and Passavant employees/volunteers and their immediate families. The program incorporates a variety of upper and lower extremity activities designed to enhance total fitness by using various aerobic equipment including treadmills, arm pulleys, exercise bicycles, rowing machines, cross trainers, a HealthRider, and a Stairmaster. Children must be accompanied by an adult and exercise appointments should be made in advance. The cost is $30 for 12 sessions and is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spouses may attend 12 sessions for $20. Special rates apply for employees and volunteers.

For more information on the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program or Healthy Choices Program, please call 479-5549.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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