Cardiac Rehabilitation

Nearly 60 million Americans have heart disease; the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States and a major cause of physical disability. Changes in exercise, diet, smoking habits, and other lifestyle adjustments may prevent or decrease the progression of heart disease and its impact on quality of life for many individuals. Cardiac rehabilitation plays a key role in those changes, helping people modify risk factors and maximize their ability to function independently and lead full, productive lives. Each component of the program is tailored to the individual's needs by a team of cardiac healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible outcome.

cardiac-rehab-aacvpr.gifEMMC’s cardiac rehabilitation program was established in 1981 and is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), EMMC Medical Fitness has a state of the art fitness center: (link to photo) and a kitchen where many cooking demonstrations and educational sessions take place Heart Healthy Lifestyle Education Center. Our goal is to help you better manage your disease and reduce your health risks by providing you with a tailored, individualized, medically supervised program supportive of your healthcare needs.

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

Most health insurance companies (e.g. Medicaid and Medicare) cover Eastern Maine Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation services. If this is something that you are concerned with, contact your insurance provider to determine what is covered. Common diagnoses that receive coverage include: stable angina, heart attack (MI), coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve surgery, and stable chronic heart failure. If you have additional questions about insurance coverage, you may contact Patient Account Services at 973-5000.

Patients who have bypass surgery often join cardiac rehab four weeks after discharge from the hospital. Those who have heart attacks, cardiac catheterization, or angioplasty may join the program much sooner.

The Outpatient Cardiac Rehab program requires a physician referral to enroll. Please call us at 973-4600 for more information.