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Cardiac Rehab helps heart patients reclaim their lives

If you've experienced a heart attack, major heart surgery, or have a serious cardiac condition, Lowell General Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program can help you regain your health, independence and overall well being through a medically supervised regimen of exercise, education and support.

Housed in a beautifully renovated facility, the Cardiac Rehab Program is staffed by registered nurses, exercise physiologists and respiratory therapists, and consists of these two services:

  1. Outpatient – 12 weeks (36 sessions) of supervised and structured exercise and education to help you return to an active life, make healthy lifestyle choices, and reduce risk factors.
  2. Maintenance – You may exercise independently at home or at a gym, or at our facility twice weekly (for a membership fee).

The program was recently re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, (AACVPR), indicating that it has met rigorous national standards for quality and effectiveness, notes Janice Paulsen, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager.

"This program empowers people to take charge of their heart health in a safe setting with dedicated professionals who encourage and monitor them." Janice Paulsen, RN

And cardiac rehab is effective. Research shows that patients who complete 36 sessions of cardiac rehab have a 47% reduction in the risk of death from any cause, and a 31% risk reduction for a heart attack in the next four years, compared with those who complete just one session.

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is covered by insurance. A physician referral is required.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is open Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:30pm at the Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus. For more information, call 978-934-8238.

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