Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Maury Regional Medical Center has designed a comprehensive cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program aimed at getting patients back to normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. The program combines monitored exercise with education for people who have had a heart attack, a cardiac surgery or procedure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation includes:

  • Education concerning risk factors
  • Medications
  • Breathing exercises
  • Stress management
  • Other heart- and lung-related topics

Rehabilitation is provided under a physician’s written order and may be scheduled by calling 931.380.4094.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Maury Regional Medical Center's cardiac rehabilitation program is supervised by a cardiologist and staffed with a registered nurse and exercise physiologist who monitor the activity of your heart during exercise and educate you on the risk factors for heart disease. During this time, your exercise level will be gradually and safely increased to strengthen your heart. The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Phase I

The first phase of cardiac rehabilitation is an educational session for patients in the hospital following a heart attack or interventional heart procedure. 

Phase II

The second phase is an exercise program after discharge for those who have had open-heart surgery, heart attack or other heart-related conditions. Participants attend outpatient sessions three times per week with other patients. Personal instruction is provided along with monitoring of heart rate and other vital signs. 

Phase III

The third phase is a wellness program for those who have completed Phase II. Exercise continues under supervision of our rehabilitation staff. A nominal monthly fee is charged for this program and spouses may accompany the participant for an additional charge. A medical release is required from a physician. Patients may choose from one of the following times:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for patients with certain conditions affecting the lungs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a therapy program that combines education and exercise to improve lung function and decrease shortness of breath. The pulmonary rehabilitation staff includes licensed respiratory therapists, a registered nurse, an exercise physiologist, an occupational therapist, a clinical health liaison, and a registered dietitian.

The team of experienced professionals works under the guidance of a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Our goal at Maury Regional Medical Center is to assist you in improving your quality of life by breathing easier.

Typically, patients will attend pulmonary rehabilitation in the Heart Center twice per week for a period of several weeks; however, pulmonary rehabilitation plans vary for each patient, based on the patient's condition. A physician referral is required to begin rehabilitation. The staff will contact you to set up your appointment once the required information is received from your physician.

Most insurance companies will cover pulmonary rehabilitation; however, the staff will contact your insurance company prior to your first visit to verify coverage.

Peripheral artery disease

A supervised education program is also available to individuals with blockages associated with peripheral artery disease (PAD). This therapy includes a series of 30-60 minute sessions using treadmills and other equipment. The goal is to improve functional capacity and decrease symptoms while reducing risk for complications.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is conducted in the Heart Center located on the first floor of Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia.

For more information about cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services, call 931.380.4094.