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Welcome to UPCRA

We are the Upper Plains Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association (UPCRA), serving communities in South Dakota, North Dakota and western Minnesota.

The goals of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation are:

- to reduce, modify and/or eliminate the health risks associated with chronic disease, and
- to restore, maintain and/or improve the patient's physical function and quality of life.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehab seek to accomplish these goals through a cost-effective program of various interventions and treatments.

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Learn More About Registering Your Program
The AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registries will be a powerful tool for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for secondary prevention of pulmonary disease. It will provide pulmonary rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and demonstrate the positive impact of pulmonary rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of pulmonary patients across the United States.

  • Access program and patient data reports instantly, and benchmark your results against national averages.
  • Implement quality improvement projects based on real data, and enhance documentation for administrators and referring physicians.
  • Influence healthcare policy makers to utilize cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and improve coverage and reimbursement rates for your program.

Learn more by visiting the CR Registry Resource page:

CR Registry Resource page:  https://www.aacvpr.org/Resources/OutpatientDataRegistries/OutpatientCardiacRehabDataRegistry/tabid/422/Default.aspx
PR Registry Resource page:  http://www.aacvpr.org/Resources/OutpatientDataRegistries/OutpatientPulmonaryRehabDataRegistry/tabid/659/Default.aspx

Read the Step by Step Instructions about how to subscribe:  http://www.aacvpr.org/Portals/0/Registry/AACVPR_Registry_Participation_Instructions.doc

Regional Professional Association Awarded National Honor
On July 22, 2008, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) announced that the Upper Plains Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association (UPCRA) had been chosen as the 2008 National Affiliate of the Year. UPCRA consists of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals from North Dakota and South Dakota. There are approximately 40 affiliate cardiopulmonary associations in the United States. This is only the third year this recognition has been given by AACVPR. Candidates for the award are judged on professional development, leadership development, resources provided for members, membership recruitment, national program certification, and promotion of AACVPR.

AACVPR’s mission is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management.

Founded in 1988, UPCRA became an affiliate member of AACVPR in 1989. UPCRA members include Registered Nurses, Exercise Physiologists, Respiratory Therapists, Exercise Specialists, Physicians, Dieticians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and others professionals who perform Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  This therapy includes education on cardiac and pulmonary disease, exercise training and lifestyle management.  


To serve as a professional network for cardiac
and pulmonary rehabilitation programs providing
resources for enhancement throughout the
Dakotas and the surrounding area.


We will promote an enriched quality of life
for patients and their families.




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