Cardiac Rehabilitation

Steps Toward Recovery

Our cardiac rehabilitation program offers comprehensive education, risk factor identification and modification, and exercise therapy for persons with heart disease, peripheral artery disease, heart failure and other chronic diseases.

The first step toward a healthy future is to recover from your cardiac event. Our team will work with you to reduce the potential for a heart attack through risk factor modification, and help you to recognize symptoms of heart disease and when to seek medical attention. You will begin an exercise program designed to fit your needs. Although aerobic exercise is emphasized, your program may also include flexibility and muscle strengthening. With physical activity and good nutrition, you will work toward your ideal body weight and cholesterol level.

An important part of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is providing you and your family with the latest information on heart disease. Risk factor modification and educational programs are available and guided by your goals, needs, and abilities. You can learn more about your heart and ways to reduce the potential for future heart problems. In time, you may return to your regular work and leisure activities. Most likely, you will adopt an improved lifestyle with help from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Common Questions About Cardiac Rehab

  • How much does it cost? Our services are covered by most insurance carriers. Your carrier will be contacted to verify your benefits. You may be responsible for co-payments.
  • How often will I exercise? Cardiac rehab sessions are scheduled 3 times a week and last about 1 hour. You will also be encouraged to be active and exercise at home.
  • Can my family participate? Family participation is encouraged during the educational component, but the exercise part is designed to fit your specific needs.
  • When can I start cardiac rehab? Your doctor may allow you to begin as early as one week following hospital discharge; although, with some heart conditions it may be longer.
  • What do I need to do before starting? A doctor must refer you for cardiac rehabilitation. Once the department receives the order, the Cardiac Rehab nurse will call you to schedule your first appointment.

A heart problem can change everything about your life. You may hesitate to do the things you need to do or enjoyed doing before your hospitalization. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and dedicated staff of nurses, exercise physiologists, and dietitians will help you and your loved ones adjust to changes in your life after a cardiac event.

For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation at Chippenham Hospital, call (804) 483-2558.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Whether recovering from a stroke, or dealing with long-standing musculoskeletal pain, outpatient rehabilitation patients at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals have access to the best resources, including experienced therapists, advanced medical technology, and the backing of a full-service, elite medical center.

Unlike most other outpatient rehab programs, our patients received one-on-one care from licensed therapists. All of our staff members have advanced degrees and participate in continuing education to remain in the forefront of their field.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

We help patients with arthritis, neck, back or joint pain, myofascial pain, soft tissue sprains or strains, shoulder impingement and capsulitis syndromes, and those recovering from orthopedic surgery. Our treatment approach is multifaceted, and includes soft tissue and joint mobilization, a full range of therapies, and a customized exercise prescription for each patient. We also consult with in-house neurological therapists when needed.

Neurological Physical Therapy

Our patients include stroke survivors and individuals with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injuries, balance disorders and other conditions. Our licensed, dedicated therapists help patients with balance and gait training, general mobility, strength and endurance training, instruction in home exercise, use of orthotic sand prosthetics, equipment evaluations and fall prevention. We also provide home safety assessments and consult with in-house orthopedic therapists when needed.

Speech Therapy

Our Speech-Language Pathology Department offers a full range of services. We treat patients of all ages, from infant through geriatric. Our highly experienced speech-language pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. We provide evaluation, therapy and education to help patients suffering from organic or functional voice disorders. For patients who have had a total or hemi-laryngectomy, we provide swallowing education, assistance in obtaining an electrolarynx or other communication devices, and therapy to help patients using these devices.

HCA Virginia Sports Medicine

With multiple convenient locations throughout the community, HCA Virginia Sports Medicine also has an assessment field. Our patients benefit from certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength conditioning specialists, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, and renowned sports medicine physicians with years of international experience. We're the official sports medicine provider for Chesterfield County Public Schools, and many other professional and recreational groups.

Occupational Therapy

Our licensed therapists help patients return to activities of daily living with home and work environment evaluations, suggestions and training in adaptive equipment, and education for the patient, family and caregivers.