HeartLife Program-Oconee

Having heart disease or a heart procedure does not mean the end of an active life. One of the best steps you can take to improve your recovery and aid in the prevention of heart problems is to enter a cardiac rehabilitation program. With professional guidance and your own commitment to making lifestyle changes, you can strengthen your heart and increase your odds for a longer, healthier life.

HeartLife at Oconee Memorial Hospital is a medically-monitored exercise program with a behavioral and educational component specially designed for individuals who have had recent heart issues or procedures. You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation, if you have:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Suffered a heart attack
  • Recently underwent a procedure such as bypass surgery, stent placement, angioplasty, heart valve repair, or heart valve replacement surgery.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is proven to be a safe and effective way to help those with heart conditions. OMH’s HeartLife Program is designed to help people with heart disease. Using education, monitored exercise and behavior modification, we work with patients to:

  • Increase understanding of heart disease
  • Reduce anxiety and improve mental outlook
  • Increase capacity for work and recreation
  • Decrease the risk for future cardiac events

The goal of our program is to help our patients:

  • Feel better faster
  • Return to former level of activity
  • Reduce the risk of future heart problems
  • Live healthier and longer
  • Improve their quality of life

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Oconee Memorial Hospital

OMH HeartLife Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Our fully supervised and structured program features a combination of exercise and education to help patients gain the confidence they need to safely return to an active life and lower the risk of future heart problems. Sessions typically begin two to ten weeks after a patient is discharged from the hospital and are scheduled three times a week for eight to twelve weeks.

The program features two parts including:

  1. Monitored exercise which is tailored to each individual’s needs and helps the patient learn how to exercise safely, strengthen the muscles and improve stamina. Exercise prescriptions are prepared by the cardiac rehab staff and approved by the program’s medical director. Exercise includes the use of treadmills, stationary bikes and recumbent steppers.
  2. Education sessions provided for patients and their families. These sessions focus on risk factor management, as well as, increasing the patient’s understanding of coronary artery disease and improving the patient’s emotional outlook on recovery. A registered dietitian will also meet with the patient to assess their current nutrition and recommend changes, as needed.

Details for Participants

Referrals: To enter the program, a patient must be referred by his or her cardiologist, internist or family physician. Patients may request a referral from their physician directly, or ask a member of the cardiac rehabilitation staff to request a referral.

Payment: Most insurance covers reimbursement for Phase II cardiac rehabilitation services. However, levels of coverage may vary from policy to policy, so it is important to check with your provider to verify your level of coverage or discuss with the Wellness Center staff.

For additional information: If you think a referral to the cardiac rehabilitation program could benefit you, talk to your physician or call the Oconee Wellness Center. At your request, a member of the staff will be happy to talk with your physician for you. Feel free to give us a call at (864) 885-7654.

What our graduates are saying…

“Everyone treated me exceptionally nice and they were very helpful.”

“Fantastic group of healthcare workers.”

“Great job. I enjoyed the program and will miss participating.”

“The nurses who helped me and the friendly attitude of the participants made it a pleasant experience.”

“The workers do an excellent job-very caring! Oconee County is very lucky to have this rehab program and I am glad I could participate.”

“I felt this program was very good in helping you monitor your progress.”

“Very helpful, looked forward in the mornings to go to class.”

“Awesome staff and useful info. Beneficial program.”

“Great program, would greatly recommend to someone else.”

“Very helpful, both mentally and physically.”