Cardiac Rehabilitation

(985) 898-3781
Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion​
16300 Highway 1085, Covington​
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday​


St. Tammany Parish Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program is comprised of individualized prescriptive exercise, education and counseling for patients with heart disease.

Our staff of certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support registered nurses and master-prepared Clinical Exercise Specialist work with participants to improve cardiovascular health with exercises that increase aerobic capacity, muscle strength and flexibility.

The benefits are numerous, among them:
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Eased symptoms
  • Improved blood lipids
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced mortality rates


PHASE I

 

The first phase of cardiac rehab at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is inpatient, providing education and progressive activity for patients with heart events, procedures or disease.


PHASE II

The second phase is an outpatient program for those with stable angina or for patients one to three weeks after cardiac events such as heart attack, stents/angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery or heart valve surgery. Patients wear heart monitors during exercise, and we evaluate their blood pressure. This phase typically lasts three sessions per week for 12 weeks and requires a physician’s order and may be covered by insurance. You should confirm coverage with your own plan.



EXERCISE PROGRAM

St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Healthy Steps is exercise training for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), which also is known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This affects more than 9 million people nationwide, and at least half of those affected have no obvious leg symptoms. The comprehensive Healthy Steps program is designed to improve symptoms and increase each patient’s quality of life.

Classes are supervised by Cardiac Rehab registered nurses, clinical exercise physiologists and exercise specialists supervise the class, while Cardiac Rehab staff, an STPH pharmacist and an STPH dietician discuss topics such as signs and symptoms of a heart attack, cardiac risk factors, cholesterol, diabetes, nutrition and smoking cessation. They are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington.

Initial orientation is $35, which includes medical history intake, medication review, treadmill test, blood pressure measurements and EKG monitoring. Each supervised exercise session is $4, which includes blood pressure and heart rate monitoring and weekly and monthly EKG monitoring. A physician referral is required.

To learn more about the program and class times, call (985)-898-3780.


MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

This phase is offered in conjunction with the Northshore YMCA to graduating Phase II patients. This is a self-pay program that requires physicians order.


EDUCATION

Cardiac Rehab host free community classes on topics early warning signs of a heart attack, preparing for a cardiac emergency, risk factors for heart disease, benefits of exercise, nutrition for a healthy heart, weight management, medications, and stress management. Classes focus on the following topics: introduction to cardiac anatomy, healthy nutrition, cardiac risk factors, pharmacology and the benefits of exercise.

The free classes are held every other month at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion in Conference Room 2. Click here for more information and a schedule.


RISK ASSESSMENT

Knowing your risk for a heart attack is the best way to stay heart healthy. Here are two links to online risk assessments that estimate your probability of having a heart attack: