The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation department at Decatur County Memorial Hospital offers several levels of both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  Our staff is made of highly skilled Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists and supervised by our medical director, Dr. Datta.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The primary goal of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to enable the participant to achieve his/her optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and lifestyle change

Cardiac Rehab includes:

  • An individualized, supervised exercise plan
  • Cardiac monitor worn during exercise – monitoring of heart rate, heart rhythm, oxygen saturation, respiratory status, exercise effort and safety, target heart rate
  • Instruction for home exercise
  • Help in achieving your goals in managing your weight, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, stress, quitting smoking and much more
  • Medication review and education
  • A consultation with DCMH dietitian
  • Maintenance program after monitored exercise program graduation
  • Monthly reports sent to your physician

Anyone with heart disease is eligible for the program and our Cardiac Rehab nurse will consult with each patient’s physician to determine the level best for him or her. Please call 812-663-1328 for more information.

Levels of Cardiac Rehab:

Phase 1 – Cardiac rehab done during hospitalization (not offered at DCMH)

Phase 2 – Exercise with cardiac monitoring and comprehensive outpatient education

    • Physician order required
    • Billed to insurance
    • Must have eligible diagnosis:
      • Heart bypass surgery
      • Heart or heart-lung transplant
      • Heart valve replacement or repair
      • Stent placement with or without heart attack
      • Heart attack
      • Stable angina
      • Congestive Heart Failure
      • Ventricular Assist Device

Phase 3 – Outpatient exercise program to maintain and increase endurance

          • Physician order required
          • Private pay
          • Anyone who wishes to improve cardiovascular fitness and improve lung capacity

How long is the program?

  • Length of the program can vary by individual risk factors and insurance coverage. Typically, patients attend three times a week for 36 sessions.  Each session lasts about an hour.

How do I know if I qualify?

  • Call our nursing supervisor, Audrey Fuller at 812-663-1213 and she would be happy to assist you in figuring out if you qualify for Phase 2 or Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab and obtaining an order from your doctor.

Is cardiac rehab safe for me?

An order is required by your physician to ensure it is safe for you to participate.  At least one trained staff member is present at all times of your appointment.  Our staff are certified in CPR and Advanced Life Support.  In the event of an emergency, our cardiopulmonary and emergency departments are near and available to assist.