This rehabilitation program is designed for people who have limited mobility and difficulty exercising because of below-average lung functioning.
The program includes an initial evaluation followed by 8 weeks of exercise and educational sessions. Therapists tailor a safe, aerobic program to each participant's needs, based on an initial exercise tolerance test. The goal is to exercise intermittently for 60 minutes. Clinical protocols follow the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines, the standards from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Physical Therapy Practice Act. Patients with cardiac co-morbidity are referred for a graded exercise test, supervised by a cardiologist.
The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Center for Cardiac Fitness.
The center is a state-of-the-art facility with exercise and EKG monitoring equipment appropriate for participants with cardiopulmonary disease.