Wake Forest Baptist Health - Wilkes Medical Center’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located on the Wilkes Medical Center campus. Because Wilkes Medical Center is part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, you can expect the same excellent care here, close to home. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Wilkes Medical Center’s medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help people recover from a heart attack, heart-related surgery or a diagnosis of heart disease. Our medical team helps participants recover quickly, improve physical and mental functioning, and reduce the risk of another cardiac event. Cardiac rehabilitation provides the support needed to make changes for a healthier life. 

Participants meet three times a week for 36 sessions of exercise and education classes about nutrition, stress management, heart medication and other topics to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle and promote recovery. 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help people improve their daily lives and improve or restore their ability to function independently. Pulmonary rehabilitation patients participate in 36 sessions of education, exercise, smoking cessation and psychosocial support. Anyone who has a symptomatic chronic lung disease and difficulty completing daily activities will benefit from the program. 

Patients with the following chronic lung diseases can benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation, even if symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough and mucus production are severe: 

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema 
  • Chronic bronchitis 
  • Asthma 

Pulmonary rehabilitation can also be helpful to those in need of lung transplants or lung surgeries. 

If you have any questions regarding Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation call our program manager, Butch DeBoever at 336-651-8106.