BUTTE, Mont. — St. James Healthcare in Butte is honoring National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week by spreading awareness about what patients experience after a life-threatening illness such as a heart attack.
Staff members at the hospital gave NBC Montana an inside look at the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Gym, which is part of what helps patients become physically and mentally stronger again after a cardiac event.
Patients go through a four to 12 week program, spending at least two hours with a nurse who monitors their exercise.
The program also includes medication management and nutrition counseling.
“I think a lot of the patients have a lot of fear after they’ve had a cardiac event or they’ve had cardiac surgery,” said Chad Green, the cardiopulmonary services manager at St. James Healthcare.
He says the program may seem overwhelming at first, but the staff is there to help the patients gain their confidence back.
“There’s a lot of pain involved initially, but I think a lot of it is just the fear of getting back to getting healthy and us just letting them know they’re able to do a lot the activities they could do before,” Green said.
The program’s success was recognized by the Montana Cardiac Rehabilitation Outcomes Project. Back in November the hospital’s cardiac rehab team received the highest rating of all large hospitals from MCROP.
For more information about the program, you can click here.