New JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Opens

Physicians and staff members celebrate the opening of the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

We know our patients see amazing benefits, from a reduction in mortality to a reduction in symptoms such as angina. Many quit smoking, improve their exercise tolerance and reduce their blood lipid levels. — Sara Cuccurullo, MD

The new JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation has opened to speed the recovery and extend the lives of people with heart and lung disease. The newly expanded and renovated center provides highly specialized, closely monitored exercise programs as well as nutritional counseling, stress management and behavioral modification.

For post-cardiac stent patients, for instance, studies have shown the chance of dying decreases 45 percent among those who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program.

“We know our patients see amazing benefits, from a reduction in mortality to a reduction in symptoms such as angina. Many quit smoking, improve their exercise tolerance and reduce their blood lipid levels,” said Sara Cuccurullo, MD, Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

“We also see an improvement in our patients’ overall well being and stress levels,” she told the physicians, patients, nurses and therapists gathered for the opening of the new center, which is located at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, at 65 James Street in Edison.

The newly renovated center includes state-of-the-art exercise equipment, such as recumbent bicycles, and upgrades that allow patients to easily remain on oxygen while…

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