United Regional’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for providing excellence in cardiopulmonary care.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program aims to enhance the wellbeing of individuals with heart conditions or a history of heart
surgery by increasing cardiac fitness, minimizing the risk of future heart issues, and educating patients to enhance overall quality of life and functional mobility. The program is composed of 36 sessions (three days per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – for 12 weeks). A range of class times are available, providing flexibility for patients to tailor the program to their own schedules. Each session lasts approximately one hour and consists of a warm-up, 30 minutes of aerobic activity, and a cool-down. Every session is closely supervised by registered nurses (RNs), respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, and is under the supervision of a cardiologist. Patients will undergo an initial evaluation including physical examination and resting EKG. From this information, an exercise prescription will be individually formulated for each patient. During the sessions, the patient receives continuous telemetry monitoring of their heart rhythm and heart rate with frequent blood pressure checks. In the case of an emergency, the staff is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support by the American Heart Association and emergency equipment is on hand at all times.
Patients receive instruction in cardiac care to encourage understanding and dialogue concerning heart disease and the
rehabilitation process. Additionally, a certified nurse or dietitian conducts weekly nutritional sessions.
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Cardiac interventions
- Cholesterol prevention
- Exercise (safe home exercise tips)
- Heart anatomy and physiology
- Heart failure (background and how to manage)
- Hypertension (ways to treat and prevent)
- Managing stress
- Peripheral Artery Disease (background and prevention)
- Smoking cessation
The following individuals may be eligible for cardiac rehabilitation:
- Congestive heart failure less than or equal to 35% ejection fraction
- Post bypass or valvular surgery, angioplasty, stent implant
- Post heart attack
- Post heart transplant
The Maintenance Program is exclusively available to patients who have successfully completed
the Phase II program.
- Two one-hour exercise sessions each week, extending up to a maximum of two months (extensions can be made at professional discretion)
- $50/month (self-pay)
The Maintenance Program empowers patients with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a sustainable fitness routine
either at a gym or in the comfort of their own home, ensuring
Location and Hours:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the second floor of the Heart Clinic,
1631 Eleventh Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301, and is provided on
Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.