Cardiopulmonary Rehab

Phone
(301) 609-4278
Hours
By appointment 8:00 - 5:30 pm Monday - Friday. To make an appointment
please call 301-609-4413.

The Cardiopulmonary Department is an integral part of patient care services at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. As a department we are committed to quality and to actively treating and caring for patients with breathing disorders.

To participate in our services please obtain a physician's referral and register upon arrival at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. Services provided by the department include: Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Function Lab, and EEG, EKGs for rehab patients.

Department Details

Respiratory Department

The Respiratory Department provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for both inpatients and outpatients, including adult and infant critical care.  We are open 24-hours, seven days a week, covering all areas of the medical center, including ICU/CCU, Emergency Department, Mother/Baby Unit, Medical/Surgical and Telemetry floors. All therapists are licensed through the National Board of Respiratory Care and the state of Maryland. In addition each therapist is certified in ACLS and PALS.

Pulmonary Function Test

The Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) Lab is dedicated to providing high quality outpatient diagnostic procedures in a very customer service oriented manner. Our service is provided from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The department is located on the second floor of UM Charles Regional Medical Center on 2 West. To schedule an appointment please call 301-609-4413. Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Spirometry with and without post-bronchodilator testing
  • Static lung volume determination (Nitrogen Washout)
  • Static lung volume determination (plethysmograph)
  • Diffusion capacity
  • Airway resistance and conductance
  • Inpatient bedside spirometry

Cardiac Rehabilitation

This program helps participants to achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce their cardiovascular risk factors. Our program is directed by a board-certified cardiologist. Each exercise session is supervised by a registered nurse and/or an exercise physiologist with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification.

Our team of professionals including our medical director, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians, diabetes educators, physical therapists, and social workers are available to help you achieve these benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation:

  • Improved functional abilities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced lifestyle-related risks
  • Increased knowledge of the disease process and prevention strategies
  • Increased ability to perform tasks of daily living
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • ncreased adherence to healthy lifestyle choices

Phase I of the program begins after cardiac surgery and includes your inpatient stay in the hospital. Cardiac rehabilitation staff will visit you, explain the program, discuss risk factors, education, and answer any questions you may have regarding the program.

Phase II is an outpatient program and begins 1-3 weeks after you are discharged from the hospital. This program requires a physician referral which we can help you obtain. The Phase II program meets for one hour, three times per week for generally 12 weeks (36 sessions). Participants wear a cardiac monitor so the staff can monitor the heart's response to exercise.

Phase III of the Cardiac Rehabilitation program is also outpatient and is a maintenance program. The participants no longer wear a cardiac monitor and are considered more independent. Participants are responsible for setting their own exercise goals and learning how to design their own exercise program. Participants are still under the supervision of the cardiac rehab staff.

Participants improve the ability to function and increase their endurance while enhancing their knowledge with video, education sessions and one-on-one discussions with health professionals.

Education Topics covered during the program include:

  • Understanding coronary heart disease
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Cholesterol reduction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Home exercise guidelines
  • Nutritional counseling/classes
  • Stress management
  • Understanding angina
  • Diabetes and exercise
  • Understanding medications

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is located on the second floor of UM Charles Regional Medical Center on 2 West. A physician referral is needed for outpatient segments of the program. The Program Coordinator can answer any questions you may have regarding the program For more information call 301-609-4391.  To make an appointment please call 301-609-4413.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This program helps participants increase their quality of life through exercise, eduation, and empowerment. Our program is directed by a board-certified pulmonologist. Each exercise session is supervised by a registered nurse and/or an exercise physiologist with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification.

Patients experiencing the following diagnoses/procedures may benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation:

  • COPD
  • Persistent Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pre & Post Lung Transplant
  • Pre & Post Thoracic and Abdominal Surgery
  • Pre & Post Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Our team of professionals including our medical director, registered nurses, and exercise physiologists are available to help you achieve these benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation:

  • Improved functional abilities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced lifestyle-related risks
  • Increased knowledge of the disease process and prevention strategies
  • Increased ability to perform tasks of daily living
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence

Dietitians, diabetes educators and physical therapists are also available through consult.

Phase II is an outpatient program and requires a physician referral which we can help you obtain. The Phase II program meets for one hour, three times per week for generally 12 weeks (36 sessions). Participants wear a cardiac monitor so the staff can monitor the heart's response to exercise. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation are measured on each exercise. We have oxygen available as needed.

Phase III of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is also outpatient and is a maintenance program. Participants no longer wear a cardiac monitor and are considered more independent. Participants are responsible for setting their own exercise goals and learning how to design their own exercise program. Participants are still under the supervision of the rehab staff.

Participants improve the ability to function and increase their endurance while enhancing their knowledge with video, education sessions and one-on-one discussions with health professionals. Education Topics covered during the program include:

  • Breathing retraining
  • Energy conservation
  • Cholesterol reduction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Home exercise guidelines
  • Nutritional counseling/classes
  • Stress management
  • Diabetes and exercise
  • Understanding medications

The Program Coordinator can answer any questions you may have regarding the program and may be reached at 301-609-4391.  To make an appointment please call 301-609-4413.

Other Outpatient Services

In addition, we also provide the following outpatient services seven days a week, 8:00 am - 5:00 p m. To schedule an appointment please call 301-609-4413.

  • Arterial Blood Gas (preoperative and diagnostic) - where blood is taken from an artery (generally taken from the wrist or elbow area). The results can provide more information about how your lungs are working and how your body is responding to decreased levels of oxygen.
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram) - an electrical recording of the activity of the brain amplified many times. (Monday thru Friday only)
  • EKG (electrocardiogram) for rehab patients only - is a graphic produced by an electrocardiograph, which records the electrical activity of the heart over a specific time.