I am
a patient
a visitor
a medical professional
a job seeker
an employee
who wants to

Saint Thomas Heart

Cardiac Rehab

As a Saint Thomas Health patient, you can access all three Phases I, II and III for a complete Cardiac Rehabilitation (Cardiac Rehab) program at Saint Thomas West, Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitals. Saint Thomas River Park Hospital does not offer Phase I but does offer Cardiac Rehab Phases II and III.

Cardiac rehab is an exercise and education program for heart patients at all levels of risk. The program is multi-disciplinary and led by a team of specialists in nursing, cardiac nursing and exercise physiology. The program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) at Saint Thomas West, Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitals. The certification for Saint Thomas River Park Hospital is pending.

Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab for Saint Thomas Midtown patients and Saint Thomas West patients:  Phase I in each hospital while patient is in the hospital; Phase II and Phase III at Saint Thomas West

Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab for Saint Thomas Rutherford patients: Phase I, Phase II, Phase III (Wellness Center)

Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Rehab for Saint Thomas River Park patients: Phase II, Phase III (Wellness Center )

 

PHASE I Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab staff will come to see you while you are in the hospital and give you information about heart disease. They will also talk to you about outpatient Cardiac Rehab programs and give you the contact information for your closest program. Another goal of Phase I Cardiac Rehab is to assist you in getting out of bed and walking in the hallway while monitoring your heart rate and rhythm.

Heart Failure Action Plan

 

 

Living with Heart Disease - Companion book to Cardiac Health and Rehabilitation Study Guides

 

 

 

PHASE II Cardiac Rehab

This Phase covers the initial recovery period following your discharge from the hospital. You will be supervised by health professionals who will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm as you follow an exercise program. Risk factor education and information is included in this phase of Cardiac Rehab. This Phase is generally reimbursed by insurance carriers and usually lasts for 36 visits at two to three visits per week.

What to Expect?

You will attend a class led by a registered nurse and an exercise physiologist or respiratory therapist two to three times a week. Each week the exercise physiologist will review your blood pressure, heart rate and how hard you say the exercise is, and adjust your exercise workloads to be just a little harder. This way, you will gain strength and endurance as you progress. Education and information is included once a week on topics such as stress management, food selection, medications and weight control. Your physician will receive a letter at the completion of the program letting him/her know how well you have done.

 

Cardiac Health and Rehabilitation Education Study Guide

 

 

Who Can Participate?

If you have had a heart attack, heart surgery, coronary stenting, heart or heart-lung transplant, have stable angina or have been diagnosed with stable chronic heart failure, you qualify for Phase II Cardiac Rehab.

When is it?

For Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown Patients: Phase II Cardiac Rehab classes are offered at Saint Thomas West Hospital every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

  • 7 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.
And every Tuesday and Thursday:
  • 7 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.

Additional classes are offered at 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For Saint Thomas Rutherford Patients: Phase II Cardiac Rehab classes are offered at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:

  • 7:15 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • 10:15 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • 1:15 p.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.
  • 4:15 p.m.

Please arrive 15 minutes before each scheduled class.

For Saint Thomas River Park Patients:

Phase II Cardiac Rehab classes are offered at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

  • 7:30 a.m.
  • 9 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.,
  • Noon
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Every Tuesday and Thursday:

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • Noon.

What is the cost?

Most insurance carriers cover Cardiac Rehab; a co-pay may be charged depending on your insurance contract. Also, financial assistance is available, so be sure to ask for an application.

What equipment is available?

At Saint Thomas West (including Saint Thomas Midtown patients): Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, Nustep equipment, arm ergometers, ellipticals and stair steppers are available.

At Saint Thomas Rutherford: Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, rowers, Nustep equipment, Biodex recumbent steppers, arm ergometers, ellipticals, stair steppers, Lifefitness selectorize strength machines, hammer strength plate-loaded machines, free weights, hand weights, medicine balls, stability balls and resistance bands are available.

At Saint Thomas River Park: Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, Nustep equipment, arm ergometers and ellipticals are available.

Benefits of Phase II

  • Reduce your heart disease risk factors with a 20-30% reduction in all-causes-related mortality
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Improve your stress management
  • Modify your lifestyle through education and information
  • Reduce your symptoms such as angina, shortness of breath, fatigue
  • Improve your adherence with preventive medications
  • Improve your lipid values/ blood pressure

 

Directions to Phase II Cardiac Rehab at Saint Thomas West (also for Saint Thomas Midtown patients)

4220 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

  • Park in Plaza Garage (for patients with doctor appointments)
  • Take Plaza East elevators to 4th floor
  • Proceed down hallway towards hospital
  • Turn right about two-thirds of the way down the hallway
  • The Cardiac Rehab Gym is immediately on the left

 

Directions for Phase II Cardiac Rehab at Saint Thomas Rutherford:

1840 Medical Parkway, Seton Building Suite 203, Murfreesboro TN 37129

  • Wellness Center

 

Directions to Phase II Cardiac Rehab at Saint Thomas River Park:

1559 Sparta Street, McMinnville, TN 37110

  • Located on the first floor of the hospital in the outpatient therapy suite

 

 

PHASE III Cardiac Rehab

This ongoing health maintenance program offers continuing exercise classes supervised by health professionals coupled with less intense medical supervision.

What to expect?

Phase III emphasizes long-term lifestyle changes by helping you adhere to an appropriate exercise regimen and continue improving your heart condition or reduce your risk of heart disease. You will monitor your own heart rate and the staff will supervise your workload. As you attend a supervised class, you will build regular exercise into your daily routine as well as develop a strong support system.

Who can participate?

Anyone with risk factors for heart disease may participate in Cardiac Rehab Phase III. Spouses and family members are welcome to join. A note from a physician is required.

When are exercise classes offered?

For Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown patients: Group exercise classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

  • 5:45 a.m.
  • 7 a.m.
  • 8:15 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.

Classes include an organized warm-up, 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic activity, strength/ resistance/ flexibility training, stretching and a relaxation cool-down.

For Saint Thomas Rutherford patients: Phase III Cardiac Rehab participants will choose exercise classes from the Wellness Center schedule. The Wellness Center is open Monday through Saturday, with multiple classes scheduled each day.

The Center’s hours of operation:

  • Monday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 5:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

For Saint Thomas River Park patients: There are no scheduled exercise classes for Cardiac Rehab Phase III.

What is the cost?

For Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown patients: Cardiac Rehab Phase III is $35 per month. There is an option to pay for a full year at a discounted price of $340.

For Saint Thomas Rutherford patients: Cardiac Rehab is $18 per month and spouses can join at the same price so a couple would be $36 per month.

For Saint Thomas River Park patients: There are no scheduled exercise classes for Cardiac Rehab Phase III.

What equipment is available?

At Saint Thomas West (including Saint Thomas Midtown patients): Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, rowers, Nustep equipment, arm ergometers, ellipticals, stair steppers and an indoor track are available for Phase III patients. A weight room including free weights, hand weights, medicine balls, stability balls, resistance bands and weight machines is available. Patients are free to use any equipment in the Wellness Center as long as staff members are aware to ensure machines are used properly.

At Saint Thomas Rutherford: Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, rowers, Nustep equipment, Biodex recumbent steppers, arm ergometers, ellipticals, stair steppers, Lifefitness selectorize strength machines, hammer strength plate-loaded machines, free weights, hand weights, medicine balls, stability balls and resistance bands are available.

At Saint Thomas River Park: Treadmills, recumbent bikes, Airdyne bikes, Nustep equipment, arm ergometers and ellipticals are available.

Where is it?

At Saint Thomas West (including Saint Thomas Midtown patients): Phase III Cardiac Rehab is held in the Wellness Center on the 3rd floor of the S & E building at Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, TN, 37205

At Saint Thomas Rutherford: Phase III Cardiac Rehab is held in the Wellness Center at 1840 Medical Center Parkway, Seton Building Suite 203, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

At Saint Thomas River Park: 1559 Sparta Street, McMinnville, TN 37110, on the first floor of the hospital in the outpatient therapy suite.

Benefits of Phase III

  • Helps establish a regular exercise routine
  • Meets long-term lifestyle modification goals
  • Safe environment
  • Decreased risk of a recurring heart problem
  • Increased longevity
  • Maintain/improve your fitness level achieved in Phase II
  • 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

Support Groups

At Saint Thomas West (for West and Midtown patients): Support groups are formed during class times. Participants meet together in gathering room before and/or after exercise class times. At Saint Thomas Rutherford: The Joined at the Heart Cardiac Support Group. Currently being restructured contact Wellness Center 615-396-5500 or at wellness.center@ascension.org.Better Breathers meet 2nd Thursday monthly in the Wellness Center from 1:00-2:00. Contact Beverly Leonard STRH Volunteer, 615-396-5500 or wellness.center@ascension.org At Saint Thomas River Park: There is no support group at this time, but plans are underway to form one, so please call 931.815.4285 for additional information.

2017 Comments about Cardiac Rehab from Patient Satisfaction Surveys

  • “Now I can walk, climb stairs, do my housework and not become short of breath.”
  • “I could barely walk when I came to the first class. Cardiac Rehab has really helped me.”
  • “Cardiac Rehab feels very safe, well-monitored, nurturing.”
  • “My strength and stamina has improved.”
  • “Cardiac Rehab is helpful to anyone with any heart problems. Heart problems can cause emotional problems that you don’t understand unless you go to Cardiac Rehab.”
  • “Cardiac Rehab helped get me moving and into the habit of exercising. I learned a lot from my fellow “rehabbers” and their experience. It has also taught me how to use the equipment.”
  • “I am stronger, have more energy. I walk better and feel more active. I’ve proven to myself that I can give up sugar and cut salt way back.”

 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Saint Thomas Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people with chronic lung disease enjoy a higher quality of life. Once you complete the program, you’re encouraged to participate in an ongoing exercise program.

Who can participate?

Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits adults who suffer from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, COPD or other chronic lung diseases.

What to expect?

The program is led by a pulmonary physician and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines such as Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Social Services, The Sleep Disorders Center, Pharmacy, Pastoral Care, Nursing and Ethics. This team will help you learn to overcome many of the obstacles chronic lung disease presents. Pulmonary rehabilitation includes physical conditioning, coping techniques, stress management, breathing control and energy conservation, nutritional information, sleep tips and medication instruction.

What is the cost?

Most insurance companies cover the program cost. Please inquire about your insurance coverage or contact the Pulmonary Rehab department where you receive medical care to learn more. Financial assistance is available for qualified participants.

Where is it?

Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown Patients: At Saint Thomas West at 4220 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 in the Hospital on the 5th floor, Pulmonary Rehab and Diagnostics Department.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Patients: 1840 Medical Center Parkway, Seton Building Suite 203, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, in the Wellness Center. Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday during the following times:

  • 7:30am
  • 9:15am
  • 11:00am
  • 1:00pm
  • 3:00pm
Saint Thomas River Park Patients: 1559 Sparta Street, McMinnville, TN, 37110, on the first floor of the hospital in the outpatient therapy suite.

Benefits of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

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

For more information about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, contact your physician or:

  • Saint Thomas West Hospital's Pulmonary Services Department at 615.222.6806 (Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital patients please call this number)
  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Pulmonary Services Department at 615.396.4926
  • Saint Thomas River Park Hospital’s Pulmonary Services Department at 931.815.4285

Support Groups

For Saint Thomas West and Saint Thomas Midtown Patients: While there is no formal support group here, there is a weekly maintenance program at the Wellness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays where patients can continue their exercise led by a Respiratory Therapist. This is a place where patients who have become acquainted with others who have the same lung issues can come together and continue working together.

For Saint Thomas Rutherford Patients: The Better Breathers Pulmonary Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Saint Thomas Rutherford Wellness Center, 1840 Medical Center Parkway, Seton Building, Suite 203. For more information, contact Beverly Leonard, STRH Volunteer, at 615.396.5500 or at wellness.center@sth.org.

For Saint Thomas River Park Patients: There is no support group at this time.

What is the Silver Sneakers program?

Saint Thomas Health participates in the SilverSneakers program. SilverSneakers provides a fitness center membership to any participating location across the United States. SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.

Unlock the door to greater independence and a healthier life with SilverSneakers. Health plans around the country offer our award-winning program to people who are eligible for Medicare or to group retirees. SilverSneakers provides a fitness center membership to any participating location across the country.

Find out today if your health plan offers the program by calling 1-888-423-4632 for more information

 

 

What is the Silver&Fit Fitness Program?

Silver & Fit is designed specifically to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Silver&Fit provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness membership through arrangements with certain health plans. Silver&Fit is provided by American Specialty Health Incorporated.

Find out today if your health plan offers the program at www.SilverandFit.com, or call 1-877-329-2746 (option 4) for more information.