Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
Inpatient Recovery Teams
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit provides around-the-clock specialized medical
and nursing care for patients with myocardial infarction, severe myocarditis
and other life-threatening heart diseases. In this state-of-the-art setting,
each room is private and is located just steps away from a nurses'
station. The registered nurses in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit are
specially trained in the field of cardiology. This allows them to provide
outstanding care to all patients in the unit.
Definitive Observation Unit (DOU3)
Patients in the Definitive Observation Unit do not require the intensive
level of care of the CICU but do require cardiac monitoring and a more
intensive nursing care than provided in most ward areas. Our DOU3 is a
54-bed unit where patients with acute cardiovascular conditions receive
treatment and excellent care for their individual medical and surgical
needs. Patients can also receive support from specialists in care coordination,
nutrition, pharmacy, social work, spiritual care and rehabilitation services.
Medical telemetry serves inpatient cardiovascular patients awaiting surgery
or other cardiovascular intervention, as well as recovering patients who
no longer need the critical care environment of our Cardiac Intensive
Care Unit. Telemetry patients receive continuous observation, monitoring,
and specialized care. Nurses view patient heart activity through a centralized
Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Stead Heart and Vascular Center’s inpatient cardiac rehabilitation
program incorporates our nationally recognized and longest running rehabilitation program in the region. Cardiac rehabilitation begins while the patient
is in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, bypass surgery or other
cardiac event. Patients report improvements in their strength, endurance,
and independence as Physical Therapists progress sitting, walking, and
basic arm and leg exercises. This progressive course of activity provides
our patients the confidence necessary to achieve success in their Cardiac
Rehabilitation Home Exercise Program and allows for comfortable transition
to outpatient rehabilitation in the Stead Heart and Fitness Center.
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
After their introduction to cardiac rehabilitation services as an inpatient,
many will enroll in PVHMC outpatient cardiac program upon discharge from
the hospital. This program is designed to help patients resume a normal
lifestyle and reduce the risk of disease progression following a heart
attack, angina or open heart surgery. For more information visit our
Cardiac Rehabilitation page.
Outpatient EECP Program
The Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) program is recommended and
should be considered in anybody who still has pain associated with angina
pectoris despite maximal medical therapy and prior revascularization.
As evidenced by recent clinical trials, EECP is a remarkable new therapy
for angina patients. This non-invasive technique increases oxygen-rich
blood flow to the heart and to reduce the heart's workload. EECP uses
no medications or interventions such as angioplasty or bypass surgery
to provide relief of symptoms of angina. The benefits of EECP derive from
its ability to create new blood vessels in the heart. This “Natural
Bypass” happens as blood in the lower extremities is pumped back
at high pressures to feed the heart muscle using cuff inflation. The major
advantages of EECP include the non-invasive nature of this therapy, the
overwhelming rate of success and lack of any significant complications
associated with it.
The EECP program is performed over a series of several weeks, with a total
of 35 one-hour sessions. Pressure cuffs on the legs are inflated in sequences.
As a result, the blood vessels in the legs are gently compressed and the
blood is forced back to the heart lowering the pressure the heart must
pump against, increasing the rate of return of blood to the heart, and
increasing blood pressure while the heart is resting. Results often include
reduction of angina pain, decreased need for medication, increased level
of exercise and increased level of blood flow to body extremities.
For more information on Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Stead
Heart & Vascular Center, please call 909.865.9858.