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    Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation at LeConte Medical Center is conveniently located in the Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services, which is connected to LeConte Medical Center. The Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at LeConte Medical Center has received national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

    Both of the program’s components, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, have received this prestigious certification. Our Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation program offers medically-supervised program to safely restore physical fitness and function for people who have recently had serious cardiac or pulmonary events. Our goal is to help our patients regain confidence in exercising their heart and lungs through a structured and supervised program while assisting them to develop healthy lifestyle habits that reduce the risk of further complications from heart and lung disease.

    Our Key Components to Rehabilitation:

    ■ Medically supervised exercises: your team will design a plan of care using aerobic exercise, strength training, and other functional activities.
    ■ Tailored just for you: Your exercise program is developed just for you and your needs. During your workout, you are monitored and continuously supervised by our staff.
    ■ Returning back to health: We help you to feel confident that your exercise is safe and that your exercise plan will be increased progressively to build and regain your strength and endurance.
    ■ Communication with your physician: As a key component of your overall treatment plan, your progress is reported to your physician from the beginning through the end of your rehabilitative program.
    ■ Education on modifying risk factors: Your wellness includes not only physical fitness, but also healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits. Your team will provide you with the education and assistance to restore you to the best of health.

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

    The Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers effective treatment for the following:
    ■ heart attack
    ■ angina
    ■ post-infarction
    ■ angioplasty
    ■ post-coronary bypass, and
    ■ those patients considered to be high risks for coronary artery disease. 

    Because the weeks immediately following a heart attack, angioplasty, or open heart surgery are so critical in the long-range rehabilitation of the patient, this program was developed to assist the cardiac patient in learning to care for their heart and to make necessary modifications in their lifestyle.

    Individualized Program

    In order to help patients begin and maintain a productive healthy lifestyle, the Cardiac Rehabilitation team tailors a program to specifically meet the needs of each patient. Following clearance from the physician, an individualized exercise and diet program is outlined and implemented for the patient. The exercise sessions last for 1½ hours and meet three times a week for 8–12 weeks. Heart monitoring is used to detect any irregular beats or changes in heart activity during exercise.

    Educational classes led by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team teach patients and their family members about the heart, heart disease, high risk factors, and ways to reduce their risk for further heart damage. In addition to the classes, patients (and family, if needed) may receive private counseling by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team to assist patients in modifying smoking habits and coping with stress. Counseling on diet and nutrition is also offered by a dietician for patients and family members, emphasizing topics such as healthy meal preparation, grocery shopping and dining out.  

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

    Chronic pulmonary disease is costly in both dollars and lives. Lung disease costs billions of dollars in medical care and disability payments in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in Tennessee. These statistics justify our attempts to reduce the number of people hospitalized or disabled with pulmonary symptoms. Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs have been proven to reduce hospital admissions and improve exercise tolerance in people with lung diseases.

    Patients start the program after a referral from their personal physician or a specialist. Participants in the program may be suffering from:
    ■ Asthma
    ■ Chronic bronchitis
    ■ COPD
    ■ Emphysema
    ■ Other conditions that might impair the flow of air from the lungs.

    Individualized Program

    Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation team provides individualized programs for exercise prescriptions, educational classes and support services. Sessions are twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1½ hours, for a total of 24–36 sessions. During the sessions patients can expect information on basic lung anatomy and function, symptom management, proper breathing techniques, diet recommendations, disease descriptions, medications, relaxation techniques and exercise therapy. Individuals are eligible for the program if they have lung disease. Participation in the program is based on physician referral, and can be started at any time.

    Cost of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Most insurance policies cover Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. Patients should check by calling their insurance company.


    After the Program
    When the patient concludes the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, a final summary is compiled and forwarded to the primary care physician. We also offer attendance in our maintenance program for a monthly fee. The Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation team at LeConte Medical Center is staffed by nurses and a respiratory therapist. Count on LeConte’s Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation team to get your health back on track! For more information about Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation at LeConte Medical Center, or to make an appointment, call 865.446.8500.


    Information for Heart Failure Patients - LeConte Medical Center has a resoruce booklet for patients who are being treated for heart failure. This booklet includes details about heart failure, how it is diagnosed and treated, and lifestyle information for those seeking to be as healthy and active as possible while dealing with heart failure. The booklet also contains tracking sheets to record information that will be helpful for you and your helathcare provider, as well as a list of resources and services within Covenant Health.

    To read the booklet online or download a printable copy, click here.