After a heart attack or heart surgery, patients may need cardiac rehabilitation, a comprehensive program of exercise, education and support offered at our Excela Health hospital campuses and Excela Square (formerly Norwin Medical Commons in North Huntingdon). Patients and their families can participate in the various levels of rehabilitation, with emphasis on improving a patient’s cardiac health and reinforcing knowledge about his condition.
Rehabilitation begins at the bedside, often within 24 to 48 hours after the cardiac event, starting patients on the road to recovery that continues in a variety of outpatient settings starting as monitored sessions, advancing to supervised, maintenance and independent exercise.
Cardiac Rehabilitation at Home
Patients with cardiac-related diagnoses can take part in rehabilitation in the comforting surroundings of home through specialized nursing care provided by Excela Health Home Care professionals. Physical/occupational therapists and registered nurses monitor and deliver care with the cardiac nurses maintaining contact with the patient’s doctor. They’re also trained to recognize potential complications and begin prompt interventions.
Offered at our Excela hospitals, pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients control the symptoms of lung disease, such as shortness of breath. Through an eight- to 12-week program that includes physical conditioning, breathing retraining, group support, nutrition counseling and general health education, patients learn to control and manage symptoms that might otherwise interfere with daily activities.
Our physical conditioning and exercise sessions give patients the comfort of a supervised environment, so an individual can work at her own pace. Our team, made up of respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, registered nurses, dietitians and social workers, help people achieve a healther lifestyle.
External Counter Pulsation (ECP)
ECP is a safe, non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from coronary artery disease and angina, the chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen. It is also beneficial for people with heart failure or who are not surgical candidates. ECP decreases symptoms of angina, fatigue and shortness of breath by increasing blood circulation to the heart muscle. Therapy consists of 35 one-hour sessions over seven weeks.
Heart Failure Clinic
Staffed by physicians, nurses and dietitians who specialize in heart failure, the clinic at Latrobe Hospital provides patients with a comprehensive evaluation, education and ongoing support for their illness. Services include lifestyle modification such as exercise and nutritional counseling.
We offer educational resources to support disease management, treatment and recovery.