Patients Regret Loss of Cardiac Rehab Program at BMC
In the wake of respiratory failure in 2011, an Adams woman was left with 20 percent lung capacity and relies on an oxygen machine.
For the past few years, she felt she was managing her health well and could do everyday tasks with ease. She has avoided stays in the hospital for almost two years.
Boudreau attributes that progress to her participation in a special exercise program at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for people with cardiac and pulmonary issues. But, that program has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and Boudreau worries about what that means for her health.
In March, when the state ordered all nonessential health services to close, the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Maintenance Exercise Program that Boudreau participated in was suspended.
The suspension stems from the fact that the space used for the program does not allow room for needed social distancing.
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