Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help patients return to an active, healthy lifestyle following a cardiac dysfunction, such as a heart attack or heart surgery. It also may benefit patients who are diagnosed with pulmonary conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our program uses a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on exercise, education and behavior modification to improve cardiovascular health.
The program consists of four phases:
- Phase 1: an inpatient program during your initial hospital stay that assesses your limitations
- Phase 2 & 3: an outpatient exercise program at Brookings Health System designed for you. A specialist monitors cardiac rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels as needed.
- Phase 4: maintenance program at the Fishback Indoor Training (FIT) Facility with less monitoring that teaches you how to exercise on your own and reinforces healthy lifestyle changes after rehabilitation ends.
Watch & Learn
Retired RN Sue Karolczak explains how cardiopulmonary rehabilitation helped her recovery from COVID-19. Then watch Flandreau electrical engineer Ted Smith talk about the cardiopulmonary rehab care he received after an open heart surgery.
Brookings Health System’s cardiopulmonary program includes:
- Supervised exercise and monitoring of vital statistics, such as cardiac rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc.
- Individual counseling for:
- Goal setting
- Smoking cessation
- Weight management
- Medication adherence
- Coping skills
- Parkinson's patients
Who Benefits from Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation?
People who have had:
- A heart attack
- Angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting for coronary heart disease
- A heart valve repair or replacement
- High blood pressure
- A heart transplant or a lung transplant
- Heart failure
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Post COVID-19 conditions
What does Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Improve?
- Ability to perform activities of daily living
- Reduces your health risk factors
- Emotional stability
- Ability to manage your disease
- Overall quality of life
- Improve balance
Hours and Location
Phase 2 and 3: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Brookings Health System, 300 22nd Ave.
- 8 - 9 a.m.
- 10 - 11 a.m.
- 12 - 1 p.m.
- 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Phase 4: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Fishback Indoor Training (FIT) Facility, 3105 Main Avenue South:
- 5:30 - 7 a.m. (6 a.m. group exercise class)
- 9:00 - 11 a.m. (9:30 a.m. group exercise class)
For more information, contact the Cardiac Rehab department at (605) 696-8065.