Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a coordinated, multidisciplinary medical program aimed at optimizing short- and long-term outcomes for patients who have had a heart attack, bypass, or other cardiac event.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac Center
200 Groton Road
Ayer, MA 01432

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our highly skilled physicians prescribe individualized exercise training, structured education classes and nutritional support. Participants are closely monitored by experienced nurses and are encouraged to attend two to three hour-long classes per week; up to 36 visits per cardiac event. The overall program’s goals are to optimize a patient’s physical, psychological and Cardiac Rehabilitation Services.

There are several evidence-based benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, including:

  • Reduced symptoms (angina, shortness of breath, fatigue)
  • A 20 to 30 percent reduction in mortality rates
  • Decreased re-hospitalization
  • Improved adherence with preventive medications
  • Increased exercise performance
  • Improved lipid (cholesterol) panel
  • Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Improved health related quality of life
  • Improved psychosocial symptoms (reversal of anxiety, depression, increased self-efficacy)
  • Return to work or leisure activities


Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Nashoba’s comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is individually tailored for patients with chronic lung disease or an illness that has affected breathing. Participants are supervised by our highly qualified nurses and the medical director, and attend two to three hour-long classes per week, up to 36 visits, where they receive exercise training, education classes, and nutritional support.

The overall goals of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program include:

  • Reduce respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea (shortness of breath) and fatigue
  • Decrease re-hospitalization
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Gain knowledge about lung disease and management
  • Improve quality of life
  • Decrease depression and anxiety
  • Reduce pulmonary exacerbations
  • Ability to return to work or leisure activities


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