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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a supervised program that uses exercise, education, and support to help people recover from a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart problems. Cardiac rehab programs are medically supervised and individually designed based on a person's needs and overall health.

A rehab program helps people:

  • Reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.
  • Reduce cardiac risk factors, such as increased weight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
  • Control symptoms of heart disease.
  • Be more active.
  • Improve their quality of life.
  • Return to their usual activities, including work.

Last Revised: September 27, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology

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