Atrium Health Navicent Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Programs and Information

Congestive Heart Failure Exercise Program

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, it can be frightening. It is true that this is a serious condition and there is no cure, but you can live a full and enjoyable life with the right treatment and active attention to your lifestyle. Cardiopulmonary Rehab can provide you with an individualized exercise and education treatment plan to assist you on this pathway.

The term "heart failure" means that the heart isn't pumping as well as it should. Usually the heart has been weakened over time by an underlying problem, such as clogged arteries, high blood pressure, a defect or some other medical condition. Your body depends on the heart's pumping action to deliver oxygen rich blood so it can function normally. As a result, you tend to feel weak, fatigued, or short of breath.

If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, you are not alone. In the United States, approximately 5 million people have congestive heart failure. Each year 550,000 new patients will be diagnosed. Congestive heart failure can be managed with your physician's care and our supervised exercise program at Cardiopulmonary Rehab. Regardless of your treatment plan, it is important that you make the necessary changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to give you the highest possible quality of life.

SmartStart Risk Reduction Program

If you or someone you know has primary risk factor(s) for heart disease or stroke you may be a candidate for the SmartStart Program at Cardiopulmonary Rehab. Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. These risk factors include: High Blood Pressure, Elevated Cholesterol Levels, Smoking, Obesity, Inactivity, Diabetes, and Family History. This program can provide you with the tools to create lifelong behavioral change to prevent cardiovascular disease and or events.

The SmartStart Program consists of a 12-week exercise and education regimen. To participate in the program, you must be referred by your physician. After your provider refers you to the program, our team of Exercise Physiologists, Registered Nurses and other staff will develop a customized program for you. This plan will include exercise classes three times per week along with weekly educational classes to help you understand nutrition, exercise, and other risk factor topics.

Breathe Easy Program

Atrium Health Navicent provides a grant based 12-week exercise and education program for COPD patients who do not qualify for Pulmonary Rehab. Candidates would be those without insurance or a non-qualifying Pulmonary Function Test.

In order to receive the free program, participants must commit to attending all 12 weeks of the program, three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The program includes education on the following topics:

  • Lung Disease
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Symptom Triggers
  • Nutrition
  • Medications
  • Preventing Infection
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Stress Management
  • Smoking Cessation

For more information about these programs, please call (478)633-9090.