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Down East Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 207.255.3356

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department

Providing cardiac rehabilitation services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine

DECH_cardio-rehab.jpgThe 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 respiratory therapist 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 respiratory therapist. 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:
  • Nutrition information
  • Healthy shopping and dining out tips
  • Minimizing fats and cholesterol
  • Exercise and weight loss benefits
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Controlling Diabetes

For more information call:
255-3356 and ask for the cardiac rehabilitation department.

Down East Community Hospital is a proud provider of cardiac rehabilitation services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.