During the activity sessions, the cardiac rehabilitation program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry unit to inform them how the patient and their heart react and adapt to the activity. Patients also learn how to take their pulse, determine their exercise intensity and exercise at a level that allows them maximum benefits.
Care for ventricular assist device patients
During the activity sessions, the Waxahachie Cardiac Rehabilitation Program team will monitor the patient with an electrocardiograph (ECG) telemetry system to keep them informed of how the patient and the patient’s heart is reacting and adapting to activity.
For pulmonary rehabilitation activity sessions, you will be monitored for any shortness of breath during exercise. The team uses a small, non-invasive fingertip pulse oximeter to observe your blood's oxygen level and monitor your heart rate. For those dependent on oxygen therapy, oxygen will be readily available.
Those participating in pulmonary rehab will also learn to regulate exercise intensity to support and improve their health.
Supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease
During supervised exercise therapy (SET) for peripheral artery disease (PAD) sessions, you are encouraged to complete three sessions per week supervised by an interdisciplinary team of nurses, an exercise physiologist and a dietitian. To build your strength and exercise tolerance, you will be encouraged to reach a pain tolerance level and continue to improve your tolerance during each session.