Cardiac Rehabilitation Department
Providing cardiac rehabilitation services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine
The Cardiac Rehabilitation
Department at Down East Community Hospital offers an adult exercise program specially designed for patients at risk of or with a history of heart disease. The goal is to strengthen their heart and return to normal activities of daily living.
Candidates for the program include those people who:
Have had a heart attack
Have been diagnosed with angina
Have had coronary artery bypass surgery
Have had pacemaker or heart valve surgery
The program runs three days a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and is overseen by a specially trained cardiac rehabilitation
nurse and physician. Each session is for one-hour.
With a physician’s referral, patients may attend Cardiac Rehabilitation
exercise and nutrition classes.
Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation
is a medically monitored exercise program designed for patients who have had a recent heart illness or surgery/procedure. This program mixes exercise with risk factor modification. It is an individually designed program that consists of a variety of exercises which helps to recondition and improve the physical working capacity of the heart. There is continuous cardiac monitoring during the entire session by the nurse. This program typically runs for 12 weeks with sessions scheduled three times a week. The nurse works collaboratively with the physician and at regular intervals sends out reports to the doctor so as to monitor your progress.
The nurse also provides education on behavior modification and ways to decrease your risk for further heart problems. This is also done on an individual basis to best suit your needs.
Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation
is a maintenance program. Patients completing Phase II may opt to enroll in Phase III for continued supervision.
Educational information Managing Cardiovascular Disease:
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255-3356 and ask for the cardiac rehabilitation
Down East Community Hospital is a proud provider of cardiac rehabilitation services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.