Adults with newly diagnosed heart conditions, along with those with chronic heart and vascular conditions need the care of heart specialists. Franklin Memorial Hospital has a collaborative relationship with Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology, which brings expert cardiovascular care to the region. David Frost, M.D., Lesley West, M.D., Paul Frey, M.D., Laura Sullivan, M.D., and Heinrich Grube, M.D., PhD, are all board-certified physicians who are trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Beth Hartsock, APRN-FNP, is additionally providing patient care.
Those who have endured a major heart event will benefit from our medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program. Participants safely and gradually increase physical activity, while learning how to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or lipid levels, diabetes, smoking, and being overweight.
Cardiac rehabilitation is an individualized program of monitored exercise and education to help patients recover after a heart attack or heart surgery. A team of registered nurses, a dietitian, a respiratory therapist, diabetes educators, physical therapists, and a cardiologist work together to ensure that patients regain strength, prevent their condition from worsening, and reduce their risk of future heart problems.
Individuals may qualify for cardiac rehabilitation if they have had any of the following within the last 12 months:
Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
Heart valve repair or replacement
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or stenting
Are you recovering from a recent heart attack or heart surgery?
Contact the Franklin Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab program at 207-779-2734 or 800-398-6031, ext. 2734.