Cardiac Rehabilitation

More than 16 million Americans are affected by coronary artery disease, and it is estimated that nearly one million Americans will suffer a heart attack this year.  In response to the high percentage of cardiovascular disease in our society, Habersham Medical Center provides a comprehensive three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program designed to increase heart health and general wellness. Cardiac Rehabilitation has been shown to decrease cardiac mortality by 26 percent.  Medicare and most commercial insurance plans cover cardiac rehabilitation when the following diagnoses are established. New patients are accepted by physician referral.

  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Coronary stenting or PTCA
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Stable angina
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Coronary artery bypass
Since 1986, our cardiac rehab team has worked together to provide patients with a comprehensive treatment plan.  The cardiac rehab staff members are registered nurses and our program maintains certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (ASCVPR).  In additions, a registered dietician and licensed clinical social worker are also involved in the care of cardiac rehab patients.
Educational seminars are offered in the following areas:
  • Understanding Your Heart/Anatomy
  • Cardiac Risk Factors and Heart Issues
  • Hypertension and Stroke
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Medications
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes and Your Heart
  • Nutrition
  • Stress, Depression, and Anxiety
  • Exercise and Heart Smart Sex
  • Your Heart and Sleep Apnea

Habersham Medical Center's Cardiac Rehab volleyball team has won numerous state, national and international championships including participation in the Heart and Lung Games and World Heart Games.
For more information, call (706) 754-3113, ext. 2455.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Habersham Medical Center offers a Pulmonary Rehab program for people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma as well as other pulmonary diseases.  Pulmonary Rehab is coordinated by the Cardiac Rehab personnel and consists of three one-hour sessions per week for eight-twelve weeks. 

For more information, call (706) 754-2161.