Cardiac and Pulmonary Conditions

For the past two decades, the hallmark of the Rusk Institute’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program has been the delivery of a “full circle of care” for cardiopulmonary health. Our inpatient and outpatient program are based in the Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention Center (JJCPRC), and are also available in a number of subacute facilities in the New York area. We offer a model of transitional care designed to enhance the well-being of patients with a wide range of chronic cardiac and lung conditions.

Cardiac conditions we treat include:

  • angina
  • arrhythmias and pacemaker or defibrillator placement
  • cardiomyopathy
  • cardiac valve repair or replacement
  • congestive heart failure
  • coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • coronary artery bypass surgery
  • myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • peripheral vascular disease

Lung conditions we treat include:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • asthma
  • bronchiectasis
  • restrictive diseases (kyphoscoliosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis)
  • neuromusculoskeletal diseases (spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, polio)
  • lung volume reduction, lobectomy and pneumonectomy
  • lung transplant

Rusk and JJCPRC are committed to making a world-class contribution to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation medicine. We employ a patient- and family-centered approach that is team-based and collaborative, with a focus on disease prevention and management. Our aim is to assist patients in maximizing cardiopulmonary function as they transition through each phase of rehabilitation, by using enhanced communications and by delivering care over the full spectrum of therapeutic disciplines, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialties, and community agencies.

Expert Physicians

In Rusk’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation process, physiatrists (rehabilation physicians) from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation work with the cardiologists at JJCPRC to guide an extensive multidisciplinary team in a collaborative effort to address each cardiopulmonary patient’s unique needs. The team physiatrist, who specializes in treating heart and lung conditions, works with the patient to identify their medical rehabilitation needs and treatment goals. Based on these individualized objectives, the physiatrist and the cardiologist collaborate with the rehabilitation team to develop and execute a plan designed to help the patient achieve the best possible outcome.

Phases of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is divided into the following phases:

As part of their individualized treatment plans, both cardiac and pulmonary patients have access to a broad array of a la carte services that address specific physical or psychological challenge.

Please also refer to “Preparing For Rehabilitation Following Cardiac Surgery: A Patient's Guide” for information on how to prepare for cardiac rehabilitation.

Watch the cardiopulmonary rehab team's presentation at this year's Heart Health Fair >