Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation, also called cardiac rehab, is a customized outpatient program of exercise and education. Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to help you improve your health and help you recover from a heart attack, other forms of heart disease, or surgery to treat heart disease. It often involves exercise training, emotional support, and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your heart disease risk, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

Research has found that cardiac rehabilitation programs can reduce your risk of death from heart disease and reduce your risk of future heart problems. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Cardiac rehab

Despite advances in modern medicine, heart disease is the number one killer in America. If you or a loved one have had a recent cardiac event or diagnosis, the best way to recuperate is through a rehabilitation program that combines monitored exercise and healthy lifestyle education programming. Northern Light Cardiac Rehabilitation can provide you with the support you need for a successful recovery and a life of healthy living.

People who attend rehab have:

  • a 20-30% lower death rate than cardiac event survivors who didn’t participate in rehab

  • a reduced rate of having a second, non-fatal heart attack

  • reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources

  • reduced symptoms such as angina, shortness of breath, and fatigue

  • increased exercise performance

  • increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management

  • improved health related quality of life

Our cardiac rehab team of nurses, dieticians, and exercise physiologists are specially trained to work with cardiovascular patients. Heart monitors and frequent blood pressure checks help our staff to closely supervise you to assure your safety.

Learn first-hand from others how cardiac rehab may be able to help you:

Pulmonary rehab

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an outpatient program for people with chronic lung conditions who are symptomatic and find it hard to perform daily living activities. Program benefits include:

  • Reduces the likelihood for readmission to the hospital

  • Improves your health-related quality of life

  • Reduces shortness of breath

  • Improves your level of physical fitness

  • Provides support in a fun, caring environment

Referrals to our Pulmonary Rehab program may be made by speaking with your primary care provider (PCP) or your pulmonologist.

How to join the program

You will need a referral from your primary care provider or cardiologist/pulmonologist. Most cardiac diagnoses are covered including:

  • PTCA (Angioplasty)

  • Stent

  • Heart attack

  • Heart surgery, including bypass and valve surgery

  • Stable angina

  • Chronic heart failure

Once a referral is received, you will be contacted by the staff at Northern Light Cardiac Rehab. Staff includes registered nurses, exercise physiologist, and a dietician. They will schedule an appointment for you to visit our facility. Once you begin, you’ll participate in monitored exercise and you will receive education on the following topics:

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Medications

  • Disease management

  • Risk factors for heart disease

To learn more about our programs and services and how we can help you improve the quality of your life, call us at 207.973.4600. You may also visit us 489 State Street, Irving Kagan Building, Level 2, in Bangor.

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