The Maine Medical Center Turning Point program is open to patients who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, angioplasty, or stent placement, and to patients with stable angina (chest pain) who have not had a heart attack and want to prevent their CAD from getting worse. We also care for patients who have or had:
The Turning Point program offers:
- Exercise training to strengthen your heart - supervised by a medical doctor and tailored to your personal goals and lifestyle
- Nutrition education and counseling from a licensed dietitian who teaches you how to cook delicious, heart-healthy meals
- Stress management education so you can learn ways to reduce stress and its harmful effect on your heart
In addition, a specially trained nurse serves as your case manager, working with you one-on-one and regularly checking your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and A1c (blood sugar) levels if you have diabetes. Your case manager also stays in touch with your primary care physician, keeping him/her informed about your progress.
Your Turning Point nurse/case manager will follow up with you six months and 12 months after you complete Phase 2 of the program, and continue to be available by phone if you have any questions.
The Turning Point program has a very good track record of success based on how many patients enroll in, and complete, the program. Of the eligible patients whose doctors refer them to Turning Point, 44% enroll, compared to a national average of 17% to 24%, and 89% of our patients complete the program, compared to a national average of only 18%.
This is important because cardiac rehab works. A major research study found that patients who finished all 36 sessions of rehab reduced their risk of death from any cause by 47%, and they reduced their risk of having a heart attack by 31%, compared with those who attended just one rehab session.