Cardiopulmonary Rehab


Heart disease impacts patients and their families, and prompts some of life’s biggest challenges and changes. Making a cardiac comeback after heart surgery and coping with chronic respiratory disease require individual determination backed by a supportive team. That’s why The Outer Banks Hospital now offers Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.
Participating in cardiopulmonary rehab helps you to regain physical strength, cardiovascular capacity and pulmonary function. These are important outcomes from “Cardiac Rehab,” however, one of the most important outcomes is overcoming the fear that often lingers after a cardiac event. Many cardiac patients have concerns about returning to a life that includes all of the activities that they once enjoyed. Cardiac rehab helps patients achieve the confidence they need to return to a full, active and hopeful life. Four programs are offered through cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The Outer Banks Hospital offers a medically supervised exercise and rehabilitation program for individuals who have experienced heart problems such as:

  • Stable angina (chest pain)
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Valve repair or replacement
  • Stent placement
  • Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Heart transplant

Designed to assist with a safe recovery, the program includes collaboration with cardiologists, cardiac nurses, exercise
physiologists, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. Our cardio-focused program uses supervised exercise and rehabilitation strategies like education on lifestyle modifications, to help our patients achieve and then maintain a heart-healthy status.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The pulmonary rehabilitation program works to meet the needs of individuals with chronic respiratory disorders. Our staff consists of a medical director, clinical nurse, exercise physiologist, dietitian, and respiratory therapists who team with the referring pulmonologist to develop an individualized rehabilitation program for each of our patients.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Supervised Exercise Training (SET) Program

The Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Supervised Exercise Training (SET) Program is geared towards those with PAD, a condition where the arteries in the lower legs are damaged with decreased blood flow. PAD causes notable pain that goes away with rest. We offer an indiviualized walking program designed to train the leg muscles to work with less oxygen and ultimately allow individuals to walk further without leg pain.

Maintenance Program

This medically supervised exercise program is ideal for graduates of our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. Individuals are responsible for paying for this service directly to The Outer Banks Hospital.
Outer Banks Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building behind the hospital. Physician referral is required to participate in the state-licensed, Medicare-approved program.
For more information, call 252-449-5930.