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Cardiac Rehabilitation & Cardiac Outpatient Services

Clay County Medical Center has made a primary commitment to excellence in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. This commitment is reflected in the established goal of delivering exceptional basic and advanced treatment of cardiovascular diseases and related disorders.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The Clay County Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides progressive exercise and education to patients with cardiac conditions. With the goal of improving function and prolonging life, the program's services include comprehensive evaluation, prescribed exercise and education.

Four levels of rehab services are offered:

  • Phase I -- Inpatient Cardiac Rehab: During your hospital stay, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to help you and your family to understand what to expect during recovery.
  • Phase II -- Outpatient Cardiac Rehab (18-36 session monitored program) The patient exercise level will be based on a graded exercise stress test or determined by your physician. Individual program where treatment plans are guided by patient goals, needs, and capabilities.
  • Phase III -- A maintenance program where many patients fully resume their normal activities of work and leisure.

Participants may recover more quickly from cardiovascular disease, angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stents, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve repair/replacement, and heart transplant. Evidence suggests that improving lipid levels by diet, exercise, and drug therapy benefits patients. Additionally, people who quit smoking significantly reduce their risks of another heart attack, sudden death, and stroke.

Event and Holter Monitor

Holter and event monitors are medical devices that record the heart’s electrical activity.

Event Monitor
Event monitors are small devices that are used by patients over a longer period (weeks to months, typically one month). The monitor is always on but will only store the patient’s rhythm when the patient or caregiver pushes the button. The intent is for most event monitors to be worn as much as possible every day to increase the chances of recording the patient’s rhythm when he/she has symptoms.

Holter Monitor
The holter monitor is a device that records the heart rhythm continuously for 24 hours. This means that it records each and every hear beat over that time. A wide variety of information can be obtained including heart rates during day and night, abnormal heart beats, and recording the heart’s rhythm during any symptoms.

Stress Testing

A stress test helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. All stress tests monitor: Hear Rate, Breathing, Blood Pressure, and Electrocardiogram.

Exercise Stress Testing
A nuclear exercise stress test is a diagnostic test used to evaluate blood flow to the heart. It’s usually done along with an exercise stress test on a treadmill or bicycle. Combined with exercise, the test can help determine if there is adequate blood flow to the heart during activity versus at rest.

Non-Exercise Stress Testing
Many patients undergoing cardiac stress tests are unable to exercise adequately because of medical conditions. For these patients, a pharmacological stress test is induced through an injection called Lexiscan. This test mimics the increase in coronary blood flow through the arteries caused by exercise.