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Home » Services » Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Jacob Prunier, DPT
Director of Rehabilitation Services
90 Swiftwater Road
Woodsville, NH 03785

Hours of Service:
Monday-Friday 7:30A-5:30P


About Cardiac Rehabilitation: After being in the hospital as a cardiac patient, recovery may seem overwhelming. The patient must regain strength, reestablish a normal routine and learn to make choices about a healthier lifestyle.

At Cottage Hospital, patients begin Cardiac Rehabilitation soon after a cardiac event (i.e. heart attack, stable angina, bypass surgery, valve surgery, stent or angioplasty procedure). The purpose of our program is to help individuals to restore and maintain their highest level of function – physically, mentally, and socially – by providing medically supervised exercise therapy and cardiac lifestyle counseling.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab: Is a six to twelve week program of monitored, progressive aerobic exercise beginning one week to one month after hospital discharge. In addition to exercise, ongoing education is provided to assist patients and their families with understanding and adapting to changes made necessary by their cardiac condition.

Maintenance Cardiac Rehab: Is an ongoing, supervised exercise program for individuals with either a history of a cardiac event or a presence of cardiac risk factors. Each patient follows an individualized exercise plan based on recommendations from their referring physician. Exercise is conducted in small groups under the guidance of our Cardiac Rehab Team, made up of specially trained nurses and an exercise physiologist. Our program’s objectives are:
    ♥ To promote and improve cardiovascular fitness
    ♥ To identify and promote modification of cardiac risk factors
    ♥ To prepare patients and their families for return to normal activities of daily living
    ♥ To educate and encourage patients and their families for independent,
       self-monitored exercise at home
    ♥ To foster a positive outlook toward our patients’ futures

About the Staff:
• Affiliated with the NH Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Society
• Experienced Cardiac Nurses, Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support

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