Call our Cardiac Rehab Program director for more information.
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is for people with known heart disease
who have had a recent cardiac event or intervention (like bypass surgery or a stent
Thomasville Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation (Rehab) program is for patients with heart disease.
The program helps to improve your health by teaching you how to change those things
that can progress your disease or interfere with your quality of life. Staffed by
a group of dedicated professionals, the program includes exercise therapy, nutrition
education and counseling, psychosocial education and counseling, smoking cessation
and general education.
Stationary bicycles, treadmills, Nusteps™, weights and a walking area are available
for your use. Your exercise program will include 50 minutes of exercise three times
a week and is overseen by an exercise specialist.
Nutrition Education and Counseling
We will teach you how and why to make changes in your eating habits for improved
health. The "family cook" is welcome to attend these sessions with you. A dietitian
is available for one-on-one counseling.
Psychosocial Education and Counseling
We will ask you to look at your feelings, lifestyle, and personality to help identify
problems that may keep you from being successful in making changes to maintain a
healthier lifestyle. Some people with heart disease suffer from anxiety (nervousness,
fears) and/or depression. We will help you address these problems through group
sessions or one-on-one counseling with a psychotherapist.
If you smoke, we will work with you to determine your readiness to quit. We will provide
education on the effects of smoking, different methods of quitting, and help to
provide the support you will need to be successful. We strongly encourage your spouse / significant
other to attend these sessions and if s/he also smokes; all should plan to quit together.
We will teach you about your heart and how it works as well as provide you with
information about the medications you are taking. Learn about the risk factors affecting
you and how you can make changes to improve them.
Sessions are held three times a week at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am. You may choose
the schedule that works best for you. Each session includes 50 minutes of exercise
with a warm-up and cool-down time. Educational classes are held weekly to cover
the topics described above. The rehabilitation program is generally 12-weeks long.
We do offer a wellness program, called Better Health, for those patients who would
like to continue to come to the program after their completion of the initial program.
We will provide all patients with a home plan to continue with the lifestyle changes
they have made.
Most insurance companies will reimburse for our Cardiac Rehabilitation program. With
your assistance, we will verify your insurance coverage and file your claims for
you. Financial scholarships are also available. The wellness program,
Better Health, costs $40 per month and anyone can join.