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Cardiac Rehabilitation

An important part of Astria Heart Institute's comprehensive heart care is helping patients return to the activities they enjoy. Registered dietitians, behavioral psychologists, cardiac nurses and master's trained clinical exercise physiologists all work together to provide patients with information about how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Through nutrition counseling, exercise and educational classes, patients are encouraged to adopt lifestyle changes that will reduce their risk of future cardiac events.

Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Rehabilitation Program

Focus on Recovery

Cardiac rehabilitation begins in the hospital after a heart attack or other acute illness. Before leaving the hospital, patients learn about their disease and risk factors that contribute to heart disease. They know what to expect during and after recovery.

Exercise Counseling and Support

Patients begin a medically supervised, monitored exercise program that includes individual support from exercise professionals. Once monitoring is no longer necessary, patients continue with a customized exercise program and learn how to incorporate activity into their lifestyle.

Phase III Exercise Program

Astria Heart Institute also offers a phase III exercise program, which is for anyone concerned with their heart health and is presented in conjunction with YAC Fitness. Phase III participants can improve their physical fitness, which often reduces cardiac risk factors, under the supervision of experienced exercise physiologists.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Throughout the cardiac rehabilitation program, patients learn about good nutrition and stress management techniques, and how to incorporate these behaviors into their lifestyle. During the maintenance phase of rehabilitation, continuing education will help reinforce healthy habits long term.

Individual Support

Our health educators, exercise professionals, dietitians and other rehabilitation specialists provide support and education throughout the recovery process. You can depend on a dedicated group of individuals who are focused on recovery.

Community Education Classes

Each month, Astria Regional Medical Center offers a variety of heart health and lifestyle education classes, which are free and open to the public.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiopulmonary Services (CPS) Department at Astria Sunnyside Hospital has two separate areas of expertise.

One set of services involves testing for cardiac conditions. These tests include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing
  • Cardiac treadmill stress testing
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Holter monitoring—a 24-hour continuous EKG
  • Event monitoring—extended EKG monitoring
  • Lower extremity arterial circulation testing
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

The second component of the CPS Department involves the lungs—both testing pulmonary function and the treatment of pulmonary conditions.


The Asthma Education Program is taught by respiratory therapists who are certified asthma educators. This is available by appointment only, and patients need a referral from their physician.

Respiratory therapists (RTs) measure lung function, manage mechanical ventilators, test arterial blood gases, test for sleep apnea, give specialized medications to children with asthma, manage oxygen supplementation, test for home oxygen requirements, and provide a number of other patient tests and treatments.

RTs are an essential part of therapy in every hospital clinical department, including the Emergency Department, the intensive care unit, the medical-surgical unit, the ambulatory care unit and the Family Birth Center. In addition to complex hospital functions, cardiopulmonary services also support the larger community with these and other essential services and education.

All CPS technicians are licensed by Washington state. They maintain current continuing medical education programs required for licensure.

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