Cardio-Pulmonary Recovery

Cardio-Pulmonary Recovery Programs are designed to assist those with cardiac and lung problems recover quickly and improve their overall physical functioning.  It is a customized program of exercise and education to help regain strength, prevent the condition from worsening and reduce the risk of future problems.  Exercise training strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, improves endurance and aerobic capacity while education provides information about the disease process, ways to reduce the risk of future problems and modify those risk factors,  how to monitor progress and levels of exertion, energy conservation,  and how to exercise safely.  The goals of the program are to help regain and maintain strength, prevent the condition form worsening, reduce the risk of future problems and improve the quality of life.  

The program benefits those recovering from conditions such as:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Post –surgical open heart surgery (coronary artery bypass, valve replacements, angioplasty)
  • Post acute myocardial infarction
  • Pacemaker implant
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Angina pectoris
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Pulmonary disease (pneumonia, COPD, asthma, respiratory failure)
  • Post-pulmonary surgery

HCPC provides a bridge between the hospital’s acute cardiac rehab and the patient’s return home by offering an early recovery program.  The program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon his specific problem or disease and to improve overall physical functioning for a safe transition to the home environment.