Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention
Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) helps people with heart disease make lifestyle changes so they can have the best possible quality of life and reduce their risk of heart attack or other heart problems. Maine Medical Center's cardiac rehab program, Turning Point, is the most comprehensive service offering of its kind in Maine. It’s based on the nationally-known cardiac rehab program developed by Dean Ornish, M.D., which has been scientifically proven to not only slow or stop coronary artery disease (CAD), but also reverse it. The program consists of four phases:
Phase 1 (Inpatient): If you are hospitalized with heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation begins while you’re still in the hospital. This phase helps prepare you and your family for your return to normal daily activities and learn to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices about diet, exercise, and quitting smoking.
Phase 2: Offered on an outpatient basis, this phase includes 12 educational sessions on nutrition and reducing stress, along with 18 to 36 exercise sessions. Phase 2 groups meet three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) at the Turning Point facility in Scarborough, ME. To ensure personal attention, groups are limited to 12 participants.
Phase 3: In this phase, patients transition to exercising at home or at a community-based fitness center or gym that has been approved by the Turning Point staff. For patients with certain medical conditions who require continued medical monitoring, the Turning Point program offers several 15-person, Phase 3 groups at the Scarborough facility.
Phase 4: In this phase, patients exercise independently at a community-based fitness center or gym.