If you’ve had a heart attack or have trouble breathing, you might be hesitant to exercise. At Fit for Life, physicians and nurses guide patients with heart, lung or vascular disease through an individually prescribed exercise training program.
We offer cardiac rehabilitation services for patients recovering from these conditions:
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Stable angina
- Coronary bypass
- Heart valve or transplant
- Angioplasty or stenting
Mary Dohrmann, MD, serves as medical director of cardiac rehabilitation
We offer pulmonary rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with an exacerbation (worsening or “flare up”) of chronic pulmonary disease, such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Vamsi Guntur, MD, MS, serves as medical director of pulmonary rehabilitation.
What are some benefits of Fit for Life?
Fit for Life programs are directed by a physician and managed by a registered nurse. The programs feature:
- Education classes on various topics
- Access to a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals, including a respiratory therapist, dietitian, physical therapist and registered nurses
- Aerobic and strength training equipment
Fit for Life’s mission is to provide a continuum of care for clients in the community through exercise, education, counseling and behavioral risk factor modification. Fit for Life is recognized as a nationally accredited rehabilitation program from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
This certification assures cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs meet the essential standards of care in areas such as risk stratification, individualized treatment plans, policies and procedures, and physician referral.
The Fit for Life staff includes, from left, Robin Guile, RN, Jackie Rush, RN, Vamsi Guntur, MD, MS, Mary Dohrmann, MD, Darla Morris, RN, and Brenda Snodgrass, RN.
Location and hours
Fit for Life is located in Room GL-20 on the ground floor of University Hospital. Valet parking is available for patients and visitors at no cost. If you prefer, you may park in the visitors' parking garage next to University Hospital.
Fit for Life is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fit for Life is open from 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Your physician may refer you to the Fit for Life program or you may contact us at 573-882-4283.