Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

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Taking good care of your heart and lungs should always be a priority, but once you've experienced heart or lung disease, high-quality rehabilitation becomes even more important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for months and years to come.

Under the expert guidance of the Indiana University Health West Hospital's IU School of Medicine cardiologists, pulmonologists and team of highly-specialized caregivers, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Indiana University Health West offers patients the opportunity to participate in safe, monitored exercise in a highly advanced new space, and to take part in education classes designed especially for heart and vascular disease patients.

What Rehabilitation Can Do

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Studies show that patients who regularly attend prescribed cardiac rehabilitation can expect to see improvements in:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar Control
  • Body Weight
  • Cholesterol
  • Strength/Endurance
  • Mood/Depression/Anxiety

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Studies show that patients who regularly attend prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation can expect to see improvements in:

  • Symptoms of Respiratory Diseases (Such as Overall Weakness)
  • Muscle Conditioning
  • Ability to Exercise
  • Ability to Participate in Social and Physical Activities

How Rehabilitation Works

Interaction with the rehabilitation team often begins when a patient is in the hospital. While participating in the patient's inpatient stay, the team can begin to shape their outpatient program from the very beginning.

In the outpatient setting, the patient's goals and progress are closely supervised, with monitored exercise sessions as often as every day, and weekly educational seminars tackling a wide range of topics, from diet to cholesterol management to smoking cessation. Together, both phases of the program are designed to improve the patient's overall health and prevent the occurrence or recurrence of heart or lung disease.

While the duration of rehabilitation depends on both the patient's recovery progress and, often, insurance coverage, a typical program lasts around six weeks. A family member or other loved one is welcome and encouraged to attend the classroom portion of the program with the patient to help enhance the patient's support network for the lifestyle changes rehabilitation will promote.

Making an Appointment

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Indiana University Health West  is seeing new patients. A physician referral is required to set up or transfer a rehabilitation program. Call 317.217.3070 to schedule and appointment.

At launch, rehab will be available Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. As the program grows, an expansion of program hours is expected to accommodate patient volume.

The center is located on the Garden Level of the IU Health West Professional Office Building. The most convenient parking is in the lot on the west side of the hospital campus, adjacent to the canopied entrance for the Professional Office Building. Parking is free.

Once inside the building, take the elevator down one floor to level "G." Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at IU Health West is located within the new Rehabilitation Services suite just a few steps down the hall on the right.

Medical Directors

Cardiac Rehabilitation

M. Scott Byers, MD, is medical director of the cardiac side of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at IU Health West's  program. Dr. Byers is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his medical training at IU School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at IU before serving as chief resident at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Byers is a clinical cardiologist with training in cardiac imaging and nuclear cardiology. As a member of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology facility, he is actively involved in education at the IU School of Medicine. He practices clinical cardiology and is a physician leader at IU Health West Hospital.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Anthony Rose, MD, is medical director of the pulmonary component of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at IU Health West. Dr. Rose received his medical training at IU School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. He joined Respiratory and Critical Care Consultants, which has since become a part of the Indiana Clinic, an Indiana statewide network of top physicians. Dr. Rose and his partners focus their inpatient work at IU Health West Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit, and also see patients in an outpatient setting in their office.