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Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CROP/PROP)

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (CROP)

Leaving the hospital is just the first step in recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty.  Heart patients often need to strengthen weakened heart muscles and learn heart-healthy practices. Fort Sanders Regional’s complete Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (CROP) combines education, exercise, counseling, and more to help heart patients regain their functional capacity and reduce the possibility of future heart problems. 

 Upon arriving at CROP, patients are thoroughly evaluated based on individual knowledge, needs, and preferences. An exercise physiologist assesses each patient’s abilities and creates a personal fitness program to meet their cardiac goals. During each activity, each patient is supervised by a heart monitor. As a patient’s heart grows stronger, their exercise regimen is adjusted for maximum benefit. The educational component of cardiac rehab involves classes on healthy eating and risk factors for heart and pulmonary diseases.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (PROP)

Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs help people with chronic lung conditions learn to manage their condition so they may live and breathe easier.

Fort Sanders Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (PROP), developed in 1983, was the first pulmonary rehab program in Knox County. The program is also one of the first to receive national certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for consistent clinical outcomes for lung patients.

Our nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, counselors and pharmacist work as a team, in conjunction with physicians to provide an intensive lifestyle modification approach for lung condition management.

You are eligible for PROP if you have lung disease or another condition that impacts your lungs and are referred by your physician. Upon arriving at PROP, patients are thoroughly evaluated based on individual knowledge, needs, and preferences. Each session includes medically-supervised and monitored exercise and education about healthy eating and risk factors for heart and pulmonary diseases.


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Fort Sanders Regional’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Propgram is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and serves as a tool for cardiac and pulmonary patients to better their overall health.


Location and Hours

Location:     Fort Sanders Professional Building 
                        501 20th Street, Suite 110               
                        Knoxville, TN 37916 

Hours:          Monday 7am – 3:30pm
                       Tuesday 8am – 3pm
                       Wednesday 7am – 3:30pm
                       Thursday 7am – 3pm
                       Friday 7am – 3:30pm

                      *Closed every day from 12-1pm

A physician referral is required to access these services.  For more information about the Fort Sanders Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Outpatient Program, please call (865) 331-1250.