The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program at Baptist Health Systems
is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and
return to full and productive lives. Accredited by the American
Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Baptist's cardiac
rehab program includes exercise and education to help patients
learn ways to lead healthier lifestyles. Combined with medical or
surgical treatments, cardiac rehab can help patients feel better
and reduce their risk for future heart problems. Almost everyone
with heart disease can benefit from some type of cardiac rehab. No
one is too old or too young. Women benefit from cardiac rehab as
much as men.
You can benefit from Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program
Cardiac rehab offers a safe and effective way to help you:
The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program at Baptist has two major
parts, exercise training and education.
We will help you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your
muscles and improve your stamina. Your exercise plan will be based
on your individual ability, needs, and interest. Monitoring how
your heart reacts and adapts to exercise is an important part of
cardiac rehab. You will be connected to an EKG transmitter while
We provide counseling and training to help you understand your
heart condition and find ways to reduce your risk of future heart
problems. At Baptist, the cardiac rehab team will help you learn
how to cope with stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and dealing
with your fears about the future. Cardiac rehab also helps you
recognize any unhealthy habits you may have and establish new,
healthier ones in their place. The controllable risk factors for
coronary disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes and stress.
At Baptist, cardiac rehab can help you do this.
During rehab, you will meet for 90-minute sessions three times a
week. Your cardiac rehab may last from four weeks to three
Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program involves many health
care providers, all with extensive cardiovascular experience. Your
team will include:
Physician Medical Director: Thomas L. Kilgore, MD, is the
medical director of Baptist's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab program. As
the surgeon who performed Mississippi's first open heart surgery in
a private hospital, Dr. Kilgore brings a wealth of knowledge and
experience to the care and rehabilitation of cardiac patients.
Also available when needed:
The most important member of the cardiac rehab team is you. You
are the one who will determine to exercise, quit smoking and eat a
healthier diet. To be an active member of the cardiac rehab
Learn about your heart disease
The goals of cardiac rehab are:
Cardiac rehab begins in the hospital after a heart attack, heart
surgery or other heart treatment. It continues in an outpatient
setting after you leave the hospital. Once you learn the habits of
heart-healthy living, stick with them for life.
You need your doctor's approval to get started in cardiac rehab.
Tell you doctor or nurse that you are interested in Baptist's
Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program. You may call or have your
physician's office call for further information.
Located lower level Baptist Healthplex-Jackson, 1190 North State
Street, Jackson, MS 39202, 601-292-4211
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