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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is designed to help patients with heart, lung or vascular disease to improve their health and quality of life. Our individually-tailored programs involve medically supervised exercise, with access to programs for smoking cessation, nutrition counseling, psychological counseling and physical and occupational therapy. Benefits of the program include:
  • Reduced disease or condition symptoms
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Decreased need for hospitalization
  • Improved physical condition
  • Increased exercise tolerance
  • Increased ability to carry out daily activities
  • Prolonged survival from cardiac conditions
  • Improved quality of life

How Our Program Works

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a three phase program designed to meet the individual needs of every patient.  Every patient who enters the program will undergo a comprehensive review including, medical, dietary, psychological, lifestyle history, health needs and goals. Our team of specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and dietitians collaborate with our patients’ and their physicians to develop a successful individual rehabilitation plan.
Phase I Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
For patients who have suffered a heart attack, been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, or have had a cardiac catheterization or angioplasty procedure, physicians may order cardiopulmonary rehab during their hospital visit.  These hospital patients receive education on heart attack and congestive heart failure signs and symptoms, cardiovascular risk factors, and salt and sodium restrictions.
Phase II Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Once the patient is discharged, Phase II begins on an outpatient basis.  Patients who participate in our Phase II program benefit from supervised and monitored exercise sessions.  These exercise sessions take place in the hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation suite on the hospital's first floor.  Exercise equipment includes treadmills, bikes, steppers, rowing machines, arm pulleys, arm ergometers and NuSteps for workouts.  Patients continue to receive education about cardiovascular risk factors and the importance of nutrition and exercise in maintaining good heart health.
Phase III Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Maintenance Program
Phase III is a cardiopulmonary rehab maintenance program designed to give participants a place to continue their exercise and keep their heart healthy under the supervision of the hospital's team. Participants work at their own pace in a non-competitive, friendly environment.  Custom exercise plans are available upon request.  There are no membership fees for Phase III and, if not covered by insurance, the cost is only $4.50 per visit.

Eligibility and Insurance Coverage

Patients who have experienced any of the following conditions, may benefit from cardiopulmonary rehabilitation:
  • Stable angina
  • Angioplasty or stent replacement
  • Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Open heart surgery
  • COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
If you have any of the above conditions you may be a good candidate for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Participation does require a physician’s referral. Most insurance plans cover cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
For more information about the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, call (813) 788-0411 extension 1420.