William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehab is a comprehensive exercise program designed specifically for patients with heart conditions to maximize physical function and improve quality of life. The main goal of cardiac rehab is to improve physical and emotional health, as well as heart function, following:
- Heart attack
- Bypass surgery
- Heart valve surgery
- Heart transplantation, or for those patients with angina (chest pain)
- Congestive heart failure (selective patients)
About this Service
Cardiac Rehabilitation lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 months depending on your specific heart condition. After completing rehab, Veterans have a better understanding of their exercise capabilities along with the knowledge to remain physically active to achieve the best possible quality of life.
To receive Cardiac Rehab services through the Madison VA you will need to have either your Primary Care Doctor or a Cardiologist refer you to Physical Therapy.
Pulmonary Rehab typically involves 2 to 4 months of exercise training, monitoring and education designed to improve strength and endurance to help you manage and lessen exacerbations (worsening) of lung disease.
About this Service
The rehabilitation is specific to your lung disease and goals. Rehabilitation will not improve your lung function. Pulmonary rehab is meant to improve muscle strength and endurance and minimize the effects of inactivity to your body. Examples of lung diseases that benefit from Pulmonary Rehab are:
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Surgical procedures that require pulmonary rehabilitation include lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation.
To receive Pulmonary Rehab services through the Madison VA you will need to have your Primary Care Doctor or a Pulmonologist refer you to Physical Therapy.
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Second Floor B2
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705
- 888-478-8321 Ext. 17036
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday By Appointment