CalvertHealth cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs earn recertified

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Prince Frederick, MD – The cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at CalvertHealth have earned recertification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier.

Members of the CalvertHealth Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Kelly Brogan, Holly Dooley, Edwina Johnson, Meg Ims, Mary Smith and Jen Lundeen.

The primary goal of the programs is to teach patients how to safely exercise and encourage them to continue on their own once they complete the program.

 “We help them learn how to listen to their body so they know they are working at the right intensity to get optimal benefit from exercise,” said Holly Dooley, RN, MSN, who coordinates the program at CalvertHealth Medical Center.

The 12-week program includes monitored exercise three days a week and nutritional counseling to help patients make wiser eating choices.

The AACVPR certification application requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other related professional societies.

Certification is valid for three years.

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