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Cardiac Rehabilitation at Fairview

 

Fairview Hospital offers the Healing Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, an early outpatient program that serves patients within a year of diagnosis of heart attack, stent placement or valve surgery.

Cardiologist Kyle Cooper, MD, FACC, is the medical director of the program. Paulette Pontier, BSN, RN, 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 and inceased stamina, increased energy levels, less stress and a decrease in the risk of future cardiac events. Through the education, exercise and knowledge gained through the program, cardiac patients enjoy a healthier, longer life.

The Healing Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program treats patients from their late 30s to upper 80s. It is taught by a multi-disciplinary team coordinated and supervised by specialty trained registered nurses, that includes a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, nutritionist, psychologist and social worker. The format of the program follows the guidelines set by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines.

The program incorporates yoga and other complementary modalities into the curriculum. Participants are also supported in their efforts to meet the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines initiatives, which are taught to all acute cardiac patients at Fairview Hospital.

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

 



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