OhioHealth HeartWorks at O'Bleness Hospital

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy Program

A Comprehensive Program for the Mind and Body

OhioHealth HeartWorks at O’Bleness Hospital offers exercise, education and support designed specifically for people who suffer from heart and lung disease, as well as other conditions, such as peripheral artery disease.

This is a comprehensive health and fitness program that improves long-term health and well-being.  Our interdisciplinary team of experts includes exercise physiologists and a registered nurse, dietitian, medical director and counselor.  Sessions are individually tailored to the patient, yet carried out in a group setting to promote social support. Participants attend rehabilitation classes three days per week for 12 weeks. 

We are located in the Cornwell Heart Health Center, 65 Hospital Drive, Athens, OH 45701. For more information, please call the HeartWorks team at (740) 592.9457.

Who Can Participate in HeartWorks

If you have had any of the following conditions, you may be eligible for participation: 

  • Myocardial infarction/heart attack
  • Chronic stable angina
  • Recent cardiac procedure (angioplast/stent)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Restrictive pulmonary disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PAD)
How to Get Started

Talk with your doctor or nurse and let them know you are interested and would like to participate in this program. They will initiate the referral to the HeartWorks team and get the process started. Once the HeartWorks team receives the referral and determines you are an eligible candidate for this program, they will contact you to schedule your first appointment.

For more information, please call the HeartWorks team at (740) 592.9457 or send a fax to (740) 592.9442.

Monitored Exercise and Group Support

Our participants are closely monitored by a team of nurses and exercise physiologists while they perform exercise that is individually prescribed to them. This creates an environment where you will feel safe to push yourself to achieve your health and fitness-related goals.

Participants learn from each other and are encouraged to share experiences. They exercise together and attend educational classes in a group setting. This supportive environment enhances the rehabilitation process. 

Education for Participants

All patients participating in our program will receive education on the following topics:

  • Breathing techniques                           
  • Meditation/relaxation
  • Medications/oxygen therapy               
  • Stress management
  • Quality of life                                       
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise guidelines                             
  • Health related risk factors
Benefits of the Program

Participating in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and exercise therapy has been proven as a safe and effective way to:

  • Increase social support                     
  • Decrease leg fatigue
  • Improve overall wellness                     
  • Improve physical fitness and reduce excess body fat
  • Reduce hospitalizations                     
  • Decrease breathlessness for any given level of activity
  • Reduce incidence of infection            
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve moods                                 
  • Prevent future heart/lung/peripheral disease
  • Control blood pressure                        
  • Control blood sugar
  • Decrease cholesterol                           
  • Increase strength and endurance