EMMC Medical Fitness

Originally known as Cardiac Wellness of Maine, Medical Fitness underwent a name change in 2013 to better identify the multiple services provided. Medical Fitness offers chronic disease management programs that support the participant with a team of professionals. All programs are designed based on the latest research and services to improve outcomes for clients/patients with chronic disease and multiple risk factors. Each program is tailored to meet the individual’s needs and goals.

The EMMC Medical Fitness Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center includes the following programs.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to optimize a cardiac patient’s physical, psychological, and social functioning, in addition to stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of the underlying atherosclerotic processes, thereby reducing death and disability.

Who benefits?
Patients with a history of:
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • Current stable angina pectoris
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)or coronary stenting
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Heart Failure and those with ventricular assist devices
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) Statement on Pulmonary Rehabilitation defines Pulmonary Rehabilitation as “an evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and often have decreased daily activities. Integrated into the individual treatment of the patient, pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce symptoms, optimize functional status, increase participation, and reduce health care costs through stabilizing or reversing systemic manifestations of the disease.”

Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help improve the health of people who have been diagnosed with Chronic lung disease such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Many of these people suffer from shortness of breath during daily activities, and may also experience panic or fear due to breathing problems. These symptoms often cause people to alter their daily routines, which can negatively affect their quality of life. Our team of skilled professionals can help support people as they take control of their conditions and manage their symptoms.

Who Benefits?
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make up the majority of patients who are referred to pulmonary rehabilitation programs. However, studies also show that pulmonary rehabilitation may be beneficial in any patient with respiratory symptoms that result in diminished functional capacity or decreased quality of life. This would include patients with not only obstructive lung diseases but also patients with restrictive lung disease such as interstitial lung disease and patients with neuromuscular diseases.

EMMC Weight Management
A medically supervised, comprehensive weight management program for individuals ready to make the commitment! This program was developed with all the components shown by research to significantly impact weight loss. This program provides individualized exercise and dietary instruction, exercise classes, wellness coaching and support by a team of professionals. If you've tried dieting, if you need help managing your weight, or if there is a medical need to lose weight, we are here to help you.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Designed to support patients in reducing high cholesterol, this service includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment with a registered dietician, dietary prescription and guidance using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, monitoring and evaluation of an individual’s progress over subsequent visits with the dietician.