Patients are admitted to the Appalachian Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program (ACRP) after being referred by a physician and the patient's medical records have been reviewed by the ACRP team. A patient who has, or has had one or more of the following conditions may be an appropriate candidate for the program:

  • Diagnosed heart disease
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Angina Pectoris (chest pain)
  • Post-operative cardiovascular surgery (angioplasty, bypass, atherectomy)
  • Pace makers and dysrhythmias
  • Diagnosed pulmonary disease

This involves a comprehensive evaluation by the ACRP team and/or patient's physicians and may include:

  • Monitored graded exercise test
  • Coronary risk factor profile
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Lipid profile
  • Coping skills evaluation
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Medical history review

Cardiopulmonary Services for patients include:

  • Respiratory Therapy - Our dedicated staff of licensed respiratory care practitioners provide breathing therapies and emergency care with the most up-to-date technologies available.
  • EKG and Stress Testing - non-invasive cardiology services are coordinated with qualified physicians providing accurate and safe diagnostic procedures.
  • Pulmonary Laboratory - Pulmonary Function studies and Blood Gas Laboratory testing combine for complete diagnostic respiratory services. These tests assist physicians in critical patient management decisions.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapy Sessions Include:

Support:
A group with which to share success and encouragement, and in turn, be encouraged.

Exercise:
Activity to improve heart and lung function, as well as increase muscular strength. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, and EKG are monitored during the exercise sessions.

Education:
Informative sessions to educate patients about how to better cope with their disease, how to modify their lifestyle, and reduce risk factors for their disease.

For more information call:

  • Cannon Memorial Hospital - (828) 737-7069
  • Watauga Medical Center - (828) 262-4175