Cardiac Rehab

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers a safe method of adapting to a new way of life for those who have suffered a heart attack, had cardiac procedures or undergone bypass surgery.  Our program also offers people a controlled and safe way to learn their own exercise safety level.  Participants enjoy involvement with people who have heart problems similar to their own and appreciate the special care given by Jan Pistole, RN, CEN, Rehab Coordinator.  Each participant’s exercise intensity is monitored utilizing prescribed heart rates, blood pressures, signs, symptoms and perceived exertion.  Patient education regarding Coronary Artery Disease and its risk factors is also part of the program.  While the program is very structured, the atmosphere is friendly and informal. 

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is for persons with chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, brochiectasis or interstitial lung disease.  Each patient’s exercise program is individualized with intensity, duration, frequency and mode and modified as the patient progresses.  Oxymetry monitoring is provided during exercise periods. Our Prevention and Wellness Exercise Program is designed to develop and maintain fitness through a program of aerobic exercise.  Aerobic exercise is used to reduce the risks of diabetes, obesity, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and others.  Personalized, supervised exercise sessions for aerobic conditioning are available on a scheduled basis.  Each session consists of 20-30 minutes of aerobic activity.  Patients learn how to measure their own blood pressure and pulse.  The cost of these sessions is based upon the “package” chosen.  Payment is received prior to beginning the program.  Before you begin this program an evaluation will need to be completed, including a history and an assessment.  An approval form, signed by your physician, is also required.

Perry Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department now offers Holter Monitors for outpatients. A Holter Monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity continuously for a specific amount of time. The unit checks for fast, slow or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. Patients will be asked to keep a log on a provided cell phone of their activities and symptoms during the testing period. If the patient feels symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats or dizziness, they are asked to note in their log the type of symptoms and what they were doing at the time.

The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver dollar-sized electrodes that attach to your skin. A cell phone, used specifically to download the collected data, will be given to the patient.  After the testing period, the monitor will be returned and the results will be read by a physician from Heartcare Midwest in Peoria.  They will prepare a report for your provider.

A provider’s referral is needed for the Holter Monitor. Your provider’s nurse can call and schedule an appointment with Perry’s Medical Rehab Department to apply the monitor, or the patient can contact the rehab department directly and make an appointment at 815-876-4494.


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