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Preventive Cardiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation

Please call (573) 882-4283 to schedule an appointment or find out more about Cardiac Rehab.



Fit for Life

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention Service
Fit for Life is a supervised inpatient and outpatient hospital-based service that combines assessment, evaluation, exercise, and education support for heart, lung and vascular disease. Specialty population exercise treatment programs are offered for primary and secondary prevention, heart failure, revascularization, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes and pulmonary disease.

Fit for Life staff is trained to help individuals modify their risk for cardiovascular and lung disease. Participants in the program are better able to return to work or hobbies and often experience an improvement in quality of life. Sessions are monitored and are conducted by a staff including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and dieticians. Fit for Life has received national accreditation from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehabilitation:
Evaluation, education and exercise are the three phases of this program, which is targeted for patients recovering from a heart problem, such as a heart attack or heart surgery. Extended health, fitness and risk reduction programs are also available.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Exercise training, and behavioral and educational services are designed to help patients control their shortness of breath and to function independently. Breathing training, relaxation techniques and smoking cessation strategies also are part of the service.

Peripheral Artery Disease Rehabilitation: This service is designed to relieve cardiovascular or leg pain with exercise and strength training. Evaluation, cardiovascular screening, exercise training and education are used for patients diagnosed with blockage in their leg arteries.

Phase I -- An inpatient service for early assessment, activity progression, education and discharge planning.

Phase II -- An outpatient service after hospital discharge for monitored, supervised exercise, education and behavior modification by a registered nurse case manager.

Phase III -- An ouptatient service for wellness maintenance that is supervised by a registered nurse case manager.

Employee Wellness - Unsupervised exercise is available for University of Missouri Health Care staff. For more information, please call (573) 882-4283 or e-mail fitforlife@health.missouri.edu

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services

  • Better Breathers support group
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Employee wellness
  • Health screenings
  • Healthy eating
  • Heart failure management program

Please call (573) 882-4283 for specific program times.

Fit for Life is located in GL-20 on the ground floor of University Hospital.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call (573) 882-4283 or e-mail fitforlife@health.missouri.edu


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