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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Cardiac and Pulmonary Health and Rehabiliation at Saint Thomas West

What is Pulmonary Rehab?

For more information about the Breathe Easy Program,
contact your physician or Saint Thomas West Hospital's Pulmonary Services Department at (615) 222-6806. 

Saint Thomas West HospitalWhat is Breath Easy?

Breath Easy is a pulmonary rehabilitation program designed to help people with chronic lung disease enjoy a higher quality of life.

Who is Eligible for this Program?

The outpatient program, offered by Saint Thomas West's Pulmonary Services Department, benefits adults who suffer from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or other chronic lung diseases.

What does Breathe Easy provide?

  • Physical Conditioning
  • Coping techniques
  • Stress Management
  • Breathing control and energy conservation
  • Nutritional needs
  • Sleep Tips
  • Medication Instruction

The Team Approach

The Breathe Easy team is led by a pulmonary physician and is made up of several professionals from Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Social Services, The Sleep Disorders Center, Pharmacy, Pastoral Care, Nursing and Ethics. This team helps you learn to overcome many of the obstacles that chronic lung disease presents.


Most insurance companies cover the program cost.

Follow-Up Care

Following the program's completion, patients are encouraged to participate in an exercise maintenance program.

What are the Results?

  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Reduced hospitalizations and emergency visits
  • Decreased respiration symptoms
  • Improved ability to perform routine activities
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Improved ability to be gainfully employed

For more information about the Breathe Easy Program, contact your physician or Saint Thomas West Hospital's Pulmonary Services Department at (615) 222-6806.

What is Cardiac Rehab?

For More Information About Cardiac Rehab at Saint Thomas West,
call (615) 222-2008

Saint Thomas WestRehabilitation is an integral part of the continuum of cardiac care offered at Saint Thomas Health. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides a comprehensive range of progressive and effective services for persons with heart disease and is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Our program is based on the principle that exercise and education can be life-giving to heart patients at all levels of risk, uses a multi -disciplinary team approach, and is led by highly experienced specialists in cardiac nursing and exercise physiology.

What is Cardiac Rehab Phase 2?

westcardiorehab_1Phase 2 is an outpatient, hospital-based program usually lasting for 36 visits, most often three times/week. Participants engage in a monitored program of exercise therapy along with health education.

What to Expect?

Under the direction of a registered nurse and an exercise physiologist, exercise therapy is conducted two or three times a week. Exercise is prescribed according to the participant's abilities and increased as tolerated. Blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm and overall response to exercise are carefully monitored. In conjunction with the exercise program, participants attend weekly health education sessions, which focus on helping patients modify risk factors. A variety of topics including stress management and diet modification are included.

Who Can Be Part of It?

Persons who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, coronary stenting, heart or heart-lung transplant, or who have stable angina or have been diagnosed with stable chronic heart failure qualify for Phase II Cardiac Rehab. Most insurance carriers cover Cardiac Rehab, but a co-pay might be charged.

Directions to Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab

  • Park in Plaza Garage (for patients with doctor appointments)
  • Take Plaza East elevators to 4th floor
  • Come down hallway towards hospital
  • Turn right about 2/3 way down hallway
  • Cardiac Rehab Gym is immediately on the left

What is Cardiac Rehab Phase 3?

Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 is often referred to as the "maintenance phase" because it emphasizes long-term lifestyle changes. Phase 3 will help you adhere to an appropriate exercise regimen and continue improving your heart condition or reduce your risk of heart disease. Patients monitor their own heart rate and workloads are supervised by the staff.

Where is it?

Phase 3 is held in the Wellness Center on the 3rd floor of the S & E building at Saint Thomas West Hospital.

When is it?

Phase 3 meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5:45 AM - 6:45 PM.

What kind of equipment is available?

Treadmills, recumbent bikes, airdyne bikes, rowers, Nustep equipment, arm ergometers, ellipticals, stair steppers and an indoor track are available for Phase 3 patients. A weight room is available that includes free weights, hand weights, medicine balls, stability balls, resistance bands and weight machines. Patients are free to use any equipment in the wellness center as long as they make staff members aware to ensure the machine is used properly.

When are exercise classes offered?

Group exercise classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:45 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 A M, 10:45 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 4 :30 PM and 5:45 PM.  Classes include an organized warm up, 30-45 minutes of aerobic activity, strength/ resistance/ flexibility training, stretching and a relaxation cool-down.

How much does it cost?

Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 costs $35 per month. There is an option to pay for a full year at a discounted price of $340.

Who can be part of it?

Anyone with risk factors for heart disease can be part of Cardiac Rehab Phase 3. Spouses and family members are welcome to join. A note from a physician is required.

Benefits of Phase 3:

  • Establish a regular exercise routine
  • Meeting long-term lifestyle modification goals
  • Exercise in a safe environment
  • Decreased risk of a recurring heart problem
  • Increased longevity
  • Maintain/ Improve your fitness level achieved in Phase 2
  • Surround yourself with a support system of other heart patients and the Cardiac Rehab staff
  • • Monitored progress by the Cardiac Rehab staff
  • Enhanced quality of life
The doctors gave me a 10% chance of surviving my massive heart attack. Cardiac Rehab saved my life. The staff and the people, they keep me coming back.
- Bob N., Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 patient since 2009