Anne Arundel Medical Center offers an Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program designed to improve the health status and quality of life for patients with cardiopulmonary conditions. The program's emphasis is on cardiopulmonary fitness, nutritional and behavioral counseling, and education. We provide support and encouragement for developing and maintaining a healthy way of life.
Individuals who would benefit from this program are those who are recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery, heart valve surgery, heart stenting procedure, heart transplant, those who have angina or diagnosed coronary artery disease and those with a high risk of developing heart disease.
Individuals who would benefit from this program are those who have a pulmonary illness such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung transplant (both pre and post surgery) and other lung disorders.
Individually designed rehabilitation program
Medically supervised exercise
Education and counseling
Supportive environment from others experiencing cardiac events/heart disease
Referral to AAMC's Health Education programs
Referral to a clinical dietitian
Continuation in a maintenance exercise program
The therapists who make up our Cardiopulmonary team hold a variety of certifications in specialties such as clinical exercise and clinical exercise physiology, advanced cardiac life support, exercise test technology, respiratory therapy, registered dietitian studies, and personal training.
Patients attend group exercise sessions three times per week and educational sessions. Each patient is under the care of the program's medical director, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapist and his or her own personal physician. During exercise sessions, each patient's cardiac status, symptom management, and assessment with exercise are continuously monitored by telemetry. Regular progress reports are made available to the referring physician. Upon completion of the medically supervised exercise program, patients receive instruction on an individual maintenance exercise program.
Maintenance Exercise These sessions held several times per week and offer continuation of group exercise in a maintenance program that is supervised by our highly qualified ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) trained staff.
For More Information Our therapists suggest:
Center for Disease Control Exercise Guidelines
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation http://www.aacvpr.org
American Heart Association