Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a short stay admission designed to help individuals manage and minimize the debilitating effects of pulmonary disease and cardiac disease. The Cardiopulmonary Rehab Program at Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to people struggling with cardiac and or pulmonary diseases. Under the direction of a board certified pulmonologist and a board certified cardiologist, an interdisciplinary team consisting of respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists, registered dieticians along with rehabilitation nursing design an individualized treatment plan for every resident. Taking a team approach to care; the plans typically include respiratory muscle testing, chest mobilization, ADL activities, strength and endurance training along with energy conservation education. Residents who actively participate in the program gain a better understanding of the disease processes. They are shown techniques to better manage stress and anxiety, and educated on how nutrition and diet relate to their condition.

Dr. Laurence Conway

  • Cardiac Specialty Medical Director at Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
  • Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Center Hallmark Health
  • Associate Director Cardiac Cath Lab Tufts Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Laurence Conway is a cardiologist specializing in Cardiovascular Disease. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Melrose Wakefield Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

As the Cardiac Specialty Medical Director for Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Dr. Laurence Conway will be facilitating the Cardiac Rounds.

Patients have access to the following services and benefits:

  • Routine Visits and Clinical Oversight by Program Director Dr. Bruce Watrous
  • 24/7 Cardiac Monitoring as deemed appropriate
  • 24/7 Skilled Nursing Supervision by ACLS Trained and Certified Nursing Staff
  • 7 day per week Therapy Services as ordered
  • 24/7 Access to Laboratory and Radiology Services
  • LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator for protection of Patients at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Diet and Education as overseen by Registered Dietitian
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Care and Rehabilitation Services
  • Personalized Treatment Plan designed with Individual Medical and Personal Goals
  • Post-Discharge Assistance and Follow-up by Licensed Medical Team Leaders

Diagnoses Treated

Both restrictive and obstructive pulmonary conditions we treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Recent Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease
  • Lung Resection
  • Interstitial Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Transplant

Cardiac conditions we treat include:

  • CHF
  • Endocarditis
  • s/p MI
  • Heart Transplant
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • A-fib
  • s/p CABG
  • s/p valve replacement
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Peripheral artery disease / peripheral vascular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Aortic stenosis

Our multidisciplinary team works together to improve each patient’s overall cardiovascular health, using progressive technology and strong fundamental rehabilitation techniques.

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