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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The treatment of chronic lung disease is frequently complicated, confusing and frustrating for both the patient and those who care for them. McLaren Central Michigan provides a comprehensive outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program that serves the needs of chronic lung disease patients in our area. Our goal is to improve the comfort, function, and understanding for patients who struggle with lung disease.

The Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to improve the health and quality of life of people who have heart, lung, and vascular disease.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs help individuals lead an active, productive life - mentally, physically, and socially. The staff in the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program cares for people who have a history of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease and those who are at risk of developing these conditions.

Specific program goals include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Reduced or pulmonary disease symptoms
  • Reduced cardiac risk factors
  • Educating and counseling to improve understanding of these lung conditions

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab at McLaren Central Michigan

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located at McLaren Heart Center, 5115 Pickard in Mt. Pleasant. Call (989) 956-4111 for more information.

The McLaren Central Michigan Cardiac Rehabilitation program has been designed to promote positive health habits among individuals who have had or are at high risk for heart disease. Through exercise, education and encouragement, the goals of the program are to reduce the risk for complications related to heart disease and to help individuals regain an optimal level of wellness. 

Recovery from a heart event (including heart attack, open heart surgery, angioplasty, stent, pacemaker, AICD) is a lifetime process that begins with the care given immediately after the heart event and continues with lifestyle changes necessary to maintain good heart health. Once the heart is out of immediate danger, the patient's role in recovery begins. Our health care team will design an exercise program, taking the heart's health and past level of fitness into account, to gradually build the heart's strength and stamina.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is suggested for those individuals suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other forms of chronic lung disease including interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and sarcoidosis. COPD can include asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, all of which make breathing difficult and decrease quality of life.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation will help patients acquire the tools necessary to live more full and productive lives through active participation in their own health care. The program is designed to increase an individual's strength and endurance, to provide education about lung disease, and to improve the patient's ability to live life to the fullest.


An exercise plan is developed for each patient by a physician, exercise physiologist or registered nurse with the goal of allowing a safe return to work or daily activities, improving quality of life, and establishing a healthy exercise routine. Each session is monitored by specially-trained Registered Nurses and Clinical Exercise Specialists who have been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.


Education is provided weekly during each program. Topics include blood pressure, cholesterol, heart healthy diet, and lung diseases.


Our staff offers encouragement and support for each patient and their family during the rehabilitation process.

Other Features

  • Home exercise prescriptions upon program completion
  • Programs available for individuals at high risk for heart disease based on risk factor evaluation
  • Pulmonary fitness maintenance program available following rehabilitation


The program requires a doctor's evaluation and referral to enroll, and for most patients sessions are scheduled three times per week for eight to twelve weeks. Many private insurance companies and Medicare cover Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program services, and individuals are encouraged to call their insurance company to find out about coverage specific to their plan.


What if I need to reschedule?

Please call Central Scheduling at (989) 772-6878 to reschedule your appointment.

Where do I check in? 

When arriving for a cardiac or pulmonary test, please check in with the receptionist in the Heart & Vascular Center waiting room, located next to the Emergency Department at the east end of the hospital.

Do I take my medications the day of my test? 

Please consult with your physician and his/her staff when the cardiac or pulmonary test is recommended to see if you should take your medications the day of the testing.

When will my doctor get my results? 

The test results will automatically be sent to your doctor once interpreted at McLaren Central Michigan.

Will someone contact me prior to my appointment? 

A staff member from the Heart & Vascular Center will call you 2-3 days prior to your appointment to remind you of your testing. At this time, he or she will briefly go over the test and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact the McLaren Central Michigan Heart & Vascular Center at (989) 772-6731 if you have any questions or problems prior to receiving this call.