Pulmonary rehabilitation is a combination exercise and education program. Our goal is to assist those with lung disease to achieve their highest level of functioning and improve their quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitation is staffed by registered nurses with experience in cardiopulmonary disease and chronic illness. Please call us to see if this program is right for you.
For more information about Pulmonary Rehab please call (530) 582-3285.
Heart To Heart
Tahoe Forest Hospital District's "Heart to Heart" program is a medically supervised cardiac reconditioning program that combines exercise and education. It's especially designed to assist individuals with a cardiovascular diagnosis to achieve optimal fitness levels and make healthy lifestyle changes. "Heart to Heart" is open to anyone who wants to make healthy choices a part of everyday life.
For more information about Heart to Heart, please call (530) 582-3285.
The Importance of Heart Health
Did you know that you can actually lower your risk of further heart problems, even if you've already experienced a heart attack? Tahoe Forest Hospital can help, through the education and risk reduction programs that are part of Heart to Heart.
It takes commitment. By making changes for the better, and sticking to them, patients may actually help prevent heart attacks and other complications related to cardiovascular disease. Long-term lifestyle changes, such as healthier diet and better exercise habits, can stop heart problems from getting worse.
How We Can Help
Tahoe Forest Hospital has created a special heart reconditioning program called Heart to Heart. Our goal is to teach cardiac patients that they can lead a normal and healthy life, filled with the activities they have always enjoyed.
The Heart to Heart program can help you:
- Reduce the chances of further cardiac problems through positive lifestyle changes
- Achieve your physical potential
- Develop a better understanding of cardiovascular fitness
- Maintain a long-term commitment to overall health
The Heart to Heart program can benefit everyone. All individuals interested in better overall cardiac health are welcome to participate in our rehabilitation program.
Heart to Heart is a medically supervised cardiac reconditioning program that combines exercise with education. It is designed to assist people with cardiovascular diagnoses to regain their optimal fitness levels and make the lifestyle changes necessary to lead a normal life with a healthy future. But you can't do it alone. The Heart to Heart program offers you a multi-disciplinary team of a physician, registered nurse, and exercise physiologist. Your personalized cardiac team will work with you to achieve your maximum cardiovascular fitness.
Step One - Start With Exercise
Heart to Heart provides individually designed xercise programs based on your heart history. Within this twelve-week outpatient conditioning program, group exercise sessions take place three times per week. Each participant is monitored as they use a variety of equipment. Exercises are then selected and modified to accommodate physical abilities.
Step Two - Incorporate Education
Heart reconditioning takes more than just regaining physical abilities. It requires positive lifestyle changes to reduce and eliminate high-risk behaviors that lead to cardiac problems. In the Heart to Heart program, our goal is to give you a better overall understanding of heart disease. Educational workshops will help identify problem areas, and introduce positive changes to reduce high-risk behaviors-for good.
- Nutrition - meal planning for a healthy heart
- Stress - how to reduce and manage it
- Medications - understanding your prescriptions
- Exercising - creating a personalized plan to meet your goals Special programs that focus on changing negative lifestyle behaviors including nicotine use and weight management are also offered.
Step Three - Living Heart to Heart
Big changes in your lifestyle can be difficult to make, and must be sustained to really be successful. Tahoe Forest Hospital helps you continue living a healthy lifestyle, even after completion of the Heart to Heart program. Tahoe Forest's affordable, ongoing cardiac reconditioning program provides opportunities for individuals to actively monitor their own progress, keeping them involved in personal health and fitness development. This process provides encouragement and support to help you maintain a new, positive, and healthy lifestyle.
And Now for Seniors- Silver Steps
We are proud to offer the Silver Steps program, a personalized 12-week fitness program designed especially for seniors. The benefits of the 3-day a week class includes: increased quality of life, greater enjoyment of everyday activities, and lifestyle counseling to reduce health risk factors.
The Long-Term Benefits
As individuals become more independent, maintaining cardiac health is critical. Sticking to your long-term commitment offers a variety of personal health benefits that can help you stay motivated, including:
- Increased cardiac strength
- Sustained levels of physical activity
- Better dietary habits to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Stress management skills