Cardiac Rehabilitation Services of Hegg Health Center is a specialized service to help patients with cardiac conditions achieve maximum potential and return to a productive, healthy lifestyle. February is Heart Month and awareness of our services could help you or a loved one live their longest and best life.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses work with each patient and their physician to create an individualized and professionally monitored education and exercise program. In addition, Dr. Elden Rand and Julie Langrock, CNP from North Central Heart in Sioux Falls are available at Hegg on an outreach basis.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of Hegg Health Center is able to perform many tests ordered by your physician right here in Rock Valley. These tests include; Carotid Doppler studies, echocardiograms, Holter monitors, event monitors, abdominal ultrasounds, and pacemaker checks.
- Carotid Doppler Studies are used to identify blocked or reduced blood flow in the arteries of the neck that could cause a stroke. This test is also used to evaluate symptoms of dizziness, vision changes, and loss of balance that may be caused by impeded or restricted blood flow through these vessels.
- Echocardiograms are used to look at how blood flows through the heart chambers, heart valves, and blood vessels.
- Holter Monitors are placed on a patient for 24-48 hours. This is a continuous reading of a person’s heart rate and rhythm.
- Event Monitors are similar to a Holter Monitor, however, are used for 30 days. If the patient experiences symptoms such as fainting or palpitations, he/she can push the button to record the episode.
- Abdominal Ultrasounds are utilized to diagnosis or re-evaluate a previous abdominal aortic aneurism.
- Pacemaker Checks are completed twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. This will tell a patient whether or not the battery needs to be replaced in his/her pacemaker and if it is functioning correctly.
Cardiac Rehabilitation also enhances emotional well-being. We encourage active participation for the patient and his/her family members. We support a positive approach to the rehabilitation phase, while discussing various changes in lifestyle that are to take place. Any questions or concerns regarding activity are discussed with the patient and family.
Cardiac Rehabilitation helps to increase motivation, improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety and depression in cardiac patients, while serving as a support system for the patient and his/her family. Participants are encouraged to continue with an ongoing gym membership or exercise program as well as lifestyle changes.
For more information regarding the Cardiac Rehabilitation Services available through Hegg Health Center, call (712) 476-8000.
By: Nicolle Samuels, MSPT, CLT-LANA, CWS, CKTP