Cardiac Rehabilitation in Baxter County
Get Moving in the Right Direction
Call (870) 508-1380 to learn more about our cardiac rehab program
or request a referral.
Baxter Regional Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides
individualized care for patients who have had heart attacks, coronary
bypass surgery, angioplasty, stable angina, or for patients who are considered
prone to cardiac disease. Proudly one of the largest in Arkansas, the
fully renovated cardiac rehab facility beings state-of-the-art heart care
close to home.
BRMC’s staff physicians refer their patients to the Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program. Each referring physician follows his or her patient's progress
through periodic written reports prepared by the Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program. Individuals who have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease,
or who have had coronary bypass surgery or a heart attack, as well as
those individuals who are considered to be prone to cardiac disease, can
be referred to BRMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program typically begins while the referred
patient is hospitalized. The attending physician refers the patient to
BRMC’s education department manages patients during Phase I. A registered
nurse trained in cardiac care reviews information concerning cardiac disease
and lifestyle changes unique to the patient in an effort to prevent future disease.
Phases II and III are generally conducted on an outpatient basis. During
Phase II, the patient is provided with a progressive exercise conditioning
program, including three supervised telemetry-monitored sessions per week
for 12 weeks.
Exercise sessions include the use a warm-up phase, a cardiovascular exercise
phase and a cool-down phase. These sessions make use of the stationary
bicycle, treadmill, arm ergometer, rowing machine and shoulder wheel.
During each exercise session, the rehabilitation staff carefully monitors
the patient’s tolerance for exercise. Information and discussions
about heart healthy living is available to all participants.
Phase III rehabilitation involves a maintenance program for Phase II graduates
and others at risk for heart disease. The patient participates in two
or three exercise sessions weekly. The rehabilitation staff members carefully
monitor the patient’s response to exercise in each session. Information
and discussion about heart healthy living are available upon request.
Patient education, an essential part of the rehabilitation process, is
offered in Phases I, II and III of the program. Structured curriculum
and educational materials regarding the cardiovascular disease process
In the early stages of rehabilitation, the education is aimed at both the
patient and family. Later stages of the education process will emphasize
the prevention of future disease.
Educational topics include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Stress reduction
- Smoking cessation
- Weight control
- Cardiovascular risk factor reduction
- Other related subjects
Reports to Primary Physician
Information concerning the patient’s progress is documented and periodically
shared with the patient’s primary physician, who supervises treatment
of the patient.
In each phase of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, the patient will receive
an individual exercise prescription from his or her physician that is
based on individual medical and physiological history. Exercise prescriptions
are tailored to your needs to enhance the benefits of exercise.
The staff of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes an active BRMC
staff physician serving as medical director and nurses (RNs and LPNs)
trained in cardiac care. The consulting staff for the Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program includes physical therapists, dietitians and counselors on staff
at BRMC. Nurses trained in cardiac care monitor patients as they exercise
and maintain patient records for physician review.