Safely Return to an Active Lifestyle with Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease, or a related condition, Dr. Oksana Senyk offers cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at her Birmingham, AL-area practice to improve your breathing and gradually increase your stamina. Although rehabilitation plans will vary based on the needs of each individual, the overall goal is the same — to help patients improve their physical fitness and endurance so they can safely return to an active lifestyle.

In addition to exercise, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can also include nutritional planning and smoking cessation counseling. To learn more about cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, get in touch with a member of our staff today.

Candidates for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a multi-stage program designed to restore heart and lung health. This treatment may be right for you if you have:

  • Recently had a heart attack
  • Been diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease, coronary artery disease, or a similar condition
  • Undergone a bypass, an angioplasty, stent placement, or valve replacement
  • Received a pacemaker

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to reduce fatality rates among at-risk patients. Although seniors and oxygen-dependent individuals are the most common candidates for rehab, Dr. Senyk sees patients of all ages.

Forms of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

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Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation will typically begin a few weeks after receiving a diagnosis or undergoing surgery for a heart or lung condition. Dr. Senyk will first perform a complete health evaluation and physical exam. Based on your overall health, current physical limitations, and treatment goals, she will then design a personalized rehabilitation program.

As a practitioner, Dr. Senyk believes in providing comprehensive rehabilitation services, which is why she will consider your physical, emotional, and personal needs.

Your rehab will likely begin with light physical activity that will gradually increase your stamina. As endurance improves, you should notice that you start to feel better overall. To ensure your safety, Dr. Senyk will use a number of advanced pulmonary tests to monitor your health throughout your rehab program, and she will be careful to avoid exercises that will put excessive stress on your body. In addition to exercise planning, Dr. Senyk can help you make appropriate lifestyle changes through nutrition and dietary counseling. We also offer a smoking cessation program to help you quit the habit. Many times, stress and depression can make it difficult to commit to lifestyle changes. If needed, Dr. Senyk can refer you to a therapist or psychologist for emotional support.

Trust an Experienced Pulmonologist

Dr. Senyk has been improving the overall health of patients at her practice for more than 20 years. In addition, our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, making it one of the premier pulmonary practices in the state. As a practitioner, Dr. Senyk believes in providing comprehensive rehabilitation services, which is why she will consider your physical, emotional, and personal needs. Furthermore, Dr. Senyk holds a Ph.D in exercise physiology in addition to her medical degree, so she understands the relationship between physical activity, heart health, and pulmonary function.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Senyk and her team are committed to helping patients lead healthy, active lives. To learn more about our approach to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Senyk today.