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Cardiac Rehabilitation at Fairview


Fairview Hospital offers both an early outpatient and a transition/maintenance Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The early outpatient program has been national certified since 2010 and serves patients within a year of diagnosis of heart attack, heart surgery, stent placement or valve repair/replacement, chronic systolic heart failure or stable angina. The transition program is designed to assist patients with heart disease or risk factors, reduce those risks while developing sustainable exercise habits. The programs follow the guidelines set by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines.

Cardiologists Kyle Cooper, MD, FACC and Lisa Massie, MD, FACC serve as medical directors for the program. Paulette Pontier, MS, RN, CNL, CCRP serves as program coordinator. The program meets three times a week and runs for 6 -12 weeks.

Studies have shown that patients who go through cardiac rehabilitation programs benefit from a better understanding of their condition. In the process, they also build stronger muscles, increase their stamina and endurance, experience a higher quality of life and decrease their risk of future cardiac events. Through the education, exercise and knowledge gained through the program, cardiac patients learn to manage their condition and enjoy a healthier life.

The Fairview Hospital Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program treats adults over the age of 18 years. The program is run by specially trained registered nurses who work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide an exceptional program. The team includes a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, nutritionist, psychologist and social worker. The program incorporates yoga and other complementary modalities into the curriculum.

The program requires physician referral and most insurance plans will cover the cost. For more information or a brochure, call (413) 854-9736.


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