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Recent scientific studies have shown that people who complete a cardiac rehabilitation program can increase their life expectancy by up to five to 10 years. For those recovering from pulmonary issues, studies have also shown a decrease in hospitalization—averaging seven days per year over four years of follow-up—for a total of 28 fewer hospital days with no difference in mortality.

At Staten Island University Hospital, our Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is offered for patients recovering from cardiac and pulmonary disease. In this program, your personal risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease and/or lung disease will be assessed, and you will begin and maintain a personalized exercise plan that works for you. You’ll also receive a psychological/stress assessment and counseling as needed.

In addition, we offer education on making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes. Our classes focus on COPD as well as other chronic lung and heart diseases, providing you with information about:

  • Diet, nutrition and weight management
  • Avoiding tobacco and environmental smoke
  • Improving communication with your doctor and other healthcare providers
  • Medications, including drug action, side effects, using an inhaler and self-care techniques
  • Understanding and using oxygen therapy
  • Breathing retraining
  • The importance of exercise
  • Strategies for managing breathing problems
  • Monitoring and better control of:
    • Blood pressure
    • Lipids and cholesterol
    • Diabetes


You may benefit from our program if you have or have had:

  • A heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart failure or angina
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation

Or if you’ve had heart procedures or surgeries such as:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG)
  • Angioplasty
  • Stenting
  • Valve replacement
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Program benefits

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you to improve your quality of life. Although it can't cure your lung disease, it can be of great benefit and you may notice improved breathing effort and fewer breathing problems.

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can help: 

  • Lessen your chances for another heart attack
  • Control symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Stop or reverse damage to the blood vessels of your heart
  • Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart and lung disease
  • Improve your stamina and strength and get you back to your usual activities, such as work, hobbies and exercise
  • Improve your confidence and well-being
  • Improve your exercise capacity
  • Improve health-related quality of life 
  • Reduce anxiety and depression associated with COPD 
  • Enhance the effect of long-acting bronchodilators