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Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

UK Good Samaritan Hospital offers medical evaluation, supervised exercise, risk factor modification, medication optimization and education to people who have suffered a cardiac event.


This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more » 


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135 E. Maxwell St., Suite 103
Lexington KY 40508

Patient appointments

Phone: 859-323-5424
Fax: 859-257-0110

What is cardiac or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive program that provides medical evaluation, supervised exercise, risk factor modification, medication optimization, and education to people who have suffered a cardiac event or suffer from pulmonary disease. A variety of equipment is used in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles and a weight system.

During each session, the patient is monitored by the staff to ensure safety as well as progress. The courteous, professional staff includes pulmonary program director Scott Morehead, MD, and cardiovascular program director Alison Bailey, MD, an exercise physiologist, cardiac nurse and a rehabilitation assistant. Dietary consults also are available for each patient.

Studies have concluded that cardiac rehabilitation offers a 20-25 percent increased chance of survival to participants and lowers the risk of another cardiac event.  There are three stages of cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Phase I is completed while the person is still in the hospital.
  • Phase II generally begins one to three weeks following the person’s discharge from the hospital. The sessions can last for 12 to 18 weeks, with the person attending two to three sessions per week. These sessions are monitored by a physician and are tailored to fit the individual’s needs.
  • Phase III is a maintenance program that does not involve physician supervision. This typically continues after completion of Phase II.

Who should undergo cardiac rehabilitation?

There are six cardiac events that qualify for cardiac rehabilitation. These events are:

  • A percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as angioplasty
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Stable angina
  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Heart transplant

If a person has had any of these, his or her physician may prescribe cardiac rehabilitation.

How does it help?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that helps the patient change his or her lifestyle while strengthening both the body and the mind. By learning about ways to prevent cardiovascular disease while simultaneously strengthening the body and heart, a person can recover from a cardiac event and help prevent future events.

Cardiac rehabilitation is based on a team approach. Our team includes a cardiologist, a cardiac nurse specialist, an exercise physiologist, a nutritionist and a rehabilitation assistant. Working with the team, each patient will learn how to lower his or her own risk of future cardiac events and become more educated about heart disease while increasing physical activity levels and improving quality of life.

Optimal Health Program

Our OH! (Optimal Health) program gives individuals the tools they need to stay healthy and fit in a safe, non-threatening environment. Participants attend the program three days a week and work with our professional staff, which includes a cardiologist, a registered nurse, an exercise physiologist, a therapy technician and a dietitian.

The Optimal Health program includes:

  • A detailed health assessment prior to starting the program
  • Professionally prescribed and supervised exercise
  • Lifestyle education
  • A dietary consultation
  • Weight management
  • Accountability resources

A physician order is required to participate. Our staff can assist in facilitating this with your doctor. Program cost is $55 per month.

Page last updated: 2/13/2015 4:14:04 PM