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Department Spotlight - Cardiac Rehab

February 1, 2019

Where is Cardiac Rehab located?

We are located on the 3rd floor in the northwest corner and we overlook Main Street.

What are your department hours?

Theoretically we are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  However, we like to be flexible with our patients so really anytime from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. depending upon what our patients' needs are. 

How many team members make up your department and what are their job roles?

Seth Haidsiak, exercise physiologist, and Sandy Hofmeister, BSN.  We both read monitor strips, take blood pressures, create session notes, help our patients with exercise while they're here.  We also do intakes and all the paperwork those entail.  We each have strengths.  Seth tends to have great advice about exercise, helps folks who are reporting aches and pains with stretching and body mechanics.  He has more knowledge about exercise and what exactly those goals are and what we're trying to help our patients achieve.  I do more of the care plans and session notes (paperwork).  I specifically check with each patient every 30 days to make sure things are going well for them, and sometimes these chats lead to helping people with things that are on their mind and have nothing to do with exercise but contribute to the wellness of the whole person. 

What services does your department offer?

We mainly do Cardiac Rehab which is a prescribed exercise program after our patients undergo cardiac stents, coronary bypass surgery (CABG), or have a heart attack (MI).  Occasionally, we have people who have chronic congestive heart failure and/or cardiomyopathy and are referred by their MD to have some monitored exercise and maybe build them up a bit so they can be more successful in their regular life.  We generally have our patients exercise on one of our machines, treadmills, recumbent ellipticals, arm ergometer, and upright bike for 20 minutes at a time.  The patients are hooked up to cardiac monitors so we can see what their heart rhythm is doing while they are exerting themselves.  We take blood pressures before, during and after exercise as well.  Some patients want to build strength, and we have them use exercise bands.  The usual exercise prescription is 36 sessions, 3 times a week, an hour at a time.  We are also doing a bit of pulmonary rehab exercise with a few pulmonary rehab phase III patients, and they are doing essentially the same thing without cardiac monitors, but we do monitor their blood pressures and oxygen saturations.

What is something people may not know about the Cardiac Rehab?

We're hidden upstairs so I think there are quite a few people who don't even know we exist, but we do.  We're pretty busy up in our hideaway, and we like to keep it light and make it fun (as much as we can) so it's not a horrible thing that people dread doing for 3 months. 

If you could pick one word to describe the Cardiac Rehab team what would it be?

Entertaining

What does a day look like in the Cardiac Rehab department?

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays we have a.m. class times of 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and p.m. class times of 1:15, 2:30.  Classes currently have 6 people in them due to equipment and monitor limitations.  Tuesdays and Thursdays phase III cardiac and pulmonary people come, we do intakes (admissions), catch up with paperwork. 

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