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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Saint Thomas River Park

ST_RiverPark_fullThe Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital is designed to improve the health and quality of life of people who have heart, lung and vascular disease.

Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation programs help you to lead an active, productive life — mentally, physically and socially.

Cardiopulmonary RehabThe staff in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program cares for people who have a history of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease and those who are at risk of developing these conditions.

A team of specialists in cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary medicine and other areas review your medical history and dietary, psychological and lifestyle habits to determine the most appropriate approach for you.

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers you a comprehensive plan, including:

  • Highly supervised exercise training
  • Medical evaluation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Personalized education
  • Psychological and pharmacological counseling
  • Referrals to other medical areas as necessary
  • Risk-factor assessment and risk reduction services
  • Smoking cessation counseling
cardiopulmonary rehabSpecific program goals include:

  • Increasing your lifespan (for people in cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Improving your quality of life
  • Helping you adjust physically and psychologically to your heart or pulmonary illness
  • Improving your exercise tolerance
  • Reducing your cardiac or pulmonary symptoms
  • Reducing your cardiac or pulmonary risk factors to help prevent future cardiac problems or progression of pulmonary disease
  • Providing education and counseling to improve your understanding of your condition
  • Providing guidance on return to work, when applicable
cardiopulmonary rehabDoctors may recommend cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation if you have had one or more of several conditions or procedures, including:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Angioplasty, atherectomy or stent placement
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart attack
  • Heart transplantation
  • Interstitial fibrosis
  • Lung transplantation
  • Occupational/environmental lung disease
  • Open heart surgery (including coronary bypass surgery or heart valve repair and replacement)
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sarcoidosis
cardiopulmonary rehabIn the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, you’ll receive care from an experienced team of specialists, including:

  • Cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Registered Dietitians
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located on the first floor of the hospital in our outpatient therapy suite. Typically, people spend six to 12 weeks in rehabilitation, attending sessions that meet for one to two hours 2-3 times a week. For more information call 931-815-4285.

Saint Thomas River Park Hospital Cardiology Services

Over the last decade, numerous advances have been made in the area of Cardiology services offered at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital. With increased emphasis placed on non-invasive cardiology procedures, and with imaging techniques done on an outpatient basis, the medical center uses some of the latest technology in the evaluation and treatment of patients with heart disease, while providing personal, compassionate care.

Saint Thomas River Park Cardiology ServicesServices provided at RPH include EKG, cardiac ultrasound, stress testing, nuclear scanning of the heart and holter monitoring for the evaluation of heart rhythms, pacemaker insertion and our newest service, transesophageal endoscopy, an internal echocardiograph procedure.

RPH also houses a Chest Pain Evaluation Unit, where low-risk cardiac patients can be evaluated and observed promptly and efficiently. Patients at cardiac risk throughout RPH are also monitored by telemetry units.

Cardiologists on RPH’s Medical Staff have been continuously involved in national as well as international landmark studies conducted to compare various medications in the effectiveness of treatment on cardiac patients. In addition, the medical center is periodically involved in Health Care Quality Improvement Projects, statewide cardiology studies sponsored by the Tennessee Foundation for Medical Quality.

Cardiac Rehab Group

Cardiac Rehab Group Picture
Front Row: Kandice Panter, RT; Pulmonary Rehab, Hubert Bradbury, Mariah Speales, Jo Ellen Young, Norma Woods, JoAnn Cantrell, Haley Harris, Bobby Northcutt Middle Row: Joe Mazzo, COO, Craig Norris, Bobby Davenport, Sandra Blair, Henry Magness, Dewey Cantrell Back Row: Jimmy Griffith, John Porndevtar, Tim McGill CEO, Denise Parrish Cardiac Rehab 

Emergency Services

Our Emergency Services has physicians and nurses on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who have training and experience in emergency care. Patients of all age groups receive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of physical problems.


This test utilizes ultrasound waves to record two-dimensional moving images of the heart chambers and valves. This test will detect abnormal chamber size, altered wall motion, and abnormal flow of blood through the heart.

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

This test allows your doctor to record images of your heart from inside your esophagus, or food pipe. These images help your doctor identify and treat problems such as infection, disease, or defects in your hearts walls or valves.

Nuclear Myocardial Imaging

This test will utilize agents, which are injected into the blood stream and accumulate in the heart muscle to assess heart blood flow. This test gives your doctor information about your heart when you exercise and when you rest. Some of these tests are Thallium, Stress Test, Cardiolite Stress Test, and Sestamibi Stress Test.

Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

The ECG tells the electrical activity of your heart.

Stress ECG/EKG

The stress test, also known as treadmill test, is conducted while you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. This test measures your hearts health under the stress of physical activity. A cardiologist or your physician will evaluate the results.

Holter Monitor

This is a device you wear 24-48 hours. It is connected to your body by electrodes. You will need to record your daily activity and any symptoms in a logbook. This information and the reading on the monitor will tell your physician if your heart is beating irregularly.


Your heart has an electrical system that helps it beat at a regular speed or pace. Problems with your hearts electrical system can make your heart rate slow or uneven, possibly leaving you feeling run down or even faint. A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps your heart beating at the right pace.

Vascular Diagnostic/Intervention

Angiograms or arteriograms using contrast dye, and X-rays can be done to evaluate circulation to the legs, kidneys, etc. Some blockages can be treated by non-surgical angioplasty, stents or atherectomy.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program provides everything you need to strengthen your heart, and get your life back on track after a heart disease diagnosis. Our comprehensive cardiac rehab services feature a team of medical professionals that provides an individualized program of care to meet each patient’s specific needs and goals. The program provides counseling and education about diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes, as well as an exercise program with advanced heart monitoring customized to each individual patient. Education about cardiac risk factors also plays a key role in helping patients achieve their best quality of life. And because stress often comes with a diagnosis such as this, the cardiac rehab staff provides emotional support and motivation that does your heart good.

Cardiac Rehab is designed to complement the care provided by a primary care physician. Progress reports and communication between team members and physicians is an important part of the program and patients will continue to see their primary care physician or cardiologist for checkups, medication and healthcare advice.

For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, call (931) 815-4285.

Nutritional Services

Nutrition is very important for all people in the prevention of and the treatment for heart disease. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital has a registered dietician that will develop a healthy eating plan designed for meeting the needs of each individual.

Saint Thomas River Park Hospital is proud of our standard of excellence and caring we represent. Our mission and vision represent our commitment to the standard of care and services we want to deliver to you everyday.