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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation


Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center are designed to provide comprehensive care to individuals who have recently experienced a cardiac event or who have chronic lung diseases. Phase I is inpatient treatment. Phase II and III are outpatient programs. Our goals are to help patients control and alleviate symptoms, optimize functional capacity, and improve quality of life.

We are located on the Ground Floor at St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion, located at 102 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. You will find easy parking, easy access to the building and a bright cheerful space for your rehab exercise and counseling. Our team consists of specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, working under physician guidance. Our medically supervised team works with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your needs.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation: 
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is individualized to meet your personal needs and to help you achieve your goals of physical reconditioning and educational needs. Prior to beginning the program, a respiratory care practitioner will initially meet with you to discuss your goals and needs. Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other chronic lung conditions that have caused them to become more isolated and physically inactive. Pulmonary Rehab is designed to assist you in controlling and alleviating symptoms, optimize functional capacity, and improve quality of life. Our education program covers a wide range of topics designed to help you fully understand your disease and to teach you how to manage your lung disease at home. Our goal at the completion of this program is to help you to become as independent as possible.

Pulmonary Exercise Training and Education: 
Exercise training encompasses endurance training, strength training, and possibly respiratory muscle training. Our initial evaluation will help us determine a program that meets and adapts to your individual needs.

Education is an important component to promoting cardiovascular health.  Educational sessions are designed to help you and your family members learn about your lung disease and teach self-management skills. 

Educational classes begin by helping you understand the physiology of lung disease.  From there, the classes introduce you to energy conservation and breathing techniques, exercise guidelines, proper nutrition and stress reduction/relaxation techniques that can improve your wellness and help you to manage your disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: 
St. Mary's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide comprehensive care to individuals who have recently experienced a cardiac event or require cardiac risk factor modification. A program of exercise, education and counseling is designed by our team of health care professionals to meet your specific needs and goals for promoting cardiovascular health.

Your physician may refer you to the program if your history includes:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) 
  • Angina (chest discomfort) 
  • Heart bypass, valve surgery, or transplantation 
  • Angioplasty/Stent 
  • Risk factor modification 
  • Heart failure

Cardiac Exercise Training and Education: 
Our exercise classes meet for eight to twelve weeks. During each exercise session participants of this program will wear a cardiac monitor, which allows the clinicians to assess your heart rate and rhythm through ECG monitoring. Exercise training will include stretching, aerobic, and strength training exercises. Weekly educational classes are also offered. Our initial evaluation will help us determine a program that meets and adapts to your individual needs.

Group sessions as well as individual counseling are available to address these important aspects of cardiac rehabilitation including nutrition and weight control, relaxation and stress management, exercise guidelines, medication, risk factor modifications, the physiology of the heart, and smoking cessation.


Cardiac and Pulmonary Health & Wellness 
This program is designed for participants who want to continue with cardiovascular exercises upon completion of Phase II Exercise Training. Participants from both our Cardiac and Pulmonary Classes are welcome to join. This program includes regular monitoring by our Cardiopulmonary Clinical Staff.

St. Mary's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation - AACVPR. 

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St. Mary's Health System • 93 Campus Avenue • Lewiston, ME 04240