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Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Wellness

Getting Back to Your Life  

If you have experienced a heart attack or have undergone an interventional procedure or heart surgery, you probably have many questions:

  • What activities can I do?
  • What should I eat?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make?
  • How can exercise improve my health? 
The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Wellness Program at CMC is a three-part program that can answer your questions, provide support and help you feel better as you make healthy life choices and strengthen your heart.
 

For more information on cardiac rehabilitation and wellness, call:

603.626.2626

Diagnosis, Treatment and Technologies

Phase I: Comprehensive Cardiac Education

While you are in the hospital, you can participate in a comprehensive educational program that provides information on the following areas:

  • Normal anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular disease
  • Managing cardiovascular risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, medication, and activity

Phase II: Cardiac Rehabilitation at CMC

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program on the CMC campus is designed to help strengthen your heart after you have had heart surgery, a heart attack, and/or a coronary intervention. This program helps enable you to return to the daily activities you enjoy.

With a physician’s referral, you attend exercise and educational classes. Supervised exercise sessions are held for one hour, three times a week. Classes are led by an exercise specialist and monitored by a cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist. You also receive individual nutritional counseling. Group education classes include information on:

  • Nutrition: shopping tips, cholesterol, fat and fiber, and dining out
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Stress management
  • Managing cardiovascular risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, medication and stress management

Phase III: Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Wellness Center

After you have “graduated” from the cardiac rehabilitation program at CMC, you can continue your progress at The Wellness Center, CMC’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation center. Expand your monitored exercise and cardiac education at The Wellness Center to speed your transition to living a healthy life.

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patient story

Controlling your Cholesterol

David Betz admits managing his cholesterol “should have been a priority a long time ago, but I pushed it off and kept saying I was going to manage it with diet and exercise.” The wakeup call was a heart attack 13 years ago. “I made a stronger effort with exercise and diet and started taking medication.” Today, David’s cholesterol is under control and he no longer goes to the cholesterol clinic. He’s also become a runner and, thanks to the encouragement of his exercise instructor, Denise Houseman at CMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, now has two half marathons under his belt.

patient story

Get Active

For Michael McFadden, heart problems run in the family. In the 1990s, both he and his twin brother had stents put in and his older brother had triple bypass surgery. “While recovering (from surgery) a person from CMC called me and strongly suggested getting into cardiovascular wellness.” Twenty years later, Michael still faithfully works out three times a week. With his family history, Michael has, “no intention of stopping. I know the exercise helps and if I wind up with future (heart) events, I want to be physically fit and ready for it.”

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Managing your Blood Pressure

David Proulx and his wife have always been fairly active people, but three years ago David was beset by atrial fibrillation—AFib—and high blood pressure. “I couldn’t even cut my grass anymore and it was frightening. I didn’t have the stamina.” He made some major lifestyle changes including losing weight, exercising, and eating better. “That combination has helped bring my blood pressure down,” which has helped improve his overall health and stamina. “It still fluctuates but now I’m really paying attention to it.” David cannot only mow the lawn again, “I can do so much more—bicycle, kayak, all the things we used to do.”

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National Recognition
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification

CMC's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified for three years through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The program has been certified since 2001. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. 
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