VA Boston Healthcare System
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation provides Veterans with monitored exercise, education, and medical supervision to help cope with and overcome harmful risk factors (obesity, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, smoking) and/or known cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, cardiac chest pain, angina, stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve surgery, and heart transplantation).
The goal of cardiac rehab is a longer and active life with reduced risks of heart instability and better healthcare management. A multi-disciplined team consisting of a cardiologist, nurse practitioner, kinesiotherapist, nutritionist, psychologist, and pharmacist will develop a plan for you including exercise training, and education on healthy living and risk reduction.
About this Service
Located at the Jamaica Plain Campus, Cardiac Rehabilitation is an 8-week program consisting of 15 sessions.
Each group session consists of an exercise component followed by an educational component for a total of 2 hours. At each session you will learn how to safely exercise using state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
After completing cardiac rehab, Veterans will have a better understanding of their own exercise capabilities and capacity to identify and reduce cardiac risk factors. They will also have increased confidence and knowledge on how to be physically active and to maintain a better quality of life.
To receive Cardiac Rehab services through VA Boston Healthcare System, a consult is needed from either your primary care provider or cardiologist.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to help Veterans with breathing problems.
Veterans exercise in a medically supervised environment. The pulmonary rehab team consists of a lung doctor, nurse practitioner, kinesiotherapist, respiratory therapist, nutritionist, and pharmacist.
Working with you, the team creates a plan that includes physical activity, education, and symptom management of lung disease.
Veterans with the following lung disease may benefit from pulmonary rehab:
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Persistent Asthma
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
- Preop Lung Surgery
About this Service
Located at the Jamaica Plain Campus, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is a 9-week program consisting of a total of 18 sessions.
Group exercise sessions focus on improving strength endurance and aerobic exercise. Educational classes focus on breathing techniques, symptom management, pacing oneself, behavior changes to maintain exercise at home, and other aspects of pulmonary disease management.
A main objective of the program is to transition participants to exercise independently and maintain physical activity at home.
To receive Pulmonary Rehab services through VA Boston Healthcare System, talk to your primary care provider or your pulmonologist.
Monday through Friday - 8:00 am - 4 pm
Cardiac Rehabilitation Sessions – Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Sessions – Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- Jamaica Plain
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday