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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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.

Cardiac rehab

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

Pulmonary rehab

We offer pulmonary rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with an exacerbation (worsening or “flare up”) of chronic pulmonary disease, such as:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Emphysema

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.

Our team

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.

Fit for Life Group Photo

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.

Contact us

Your physician may refer you to the Fit for Life program or you may contact us at 573-882-4283.



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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, please call (573) 882-4283, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email

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