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National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

February 11, 2014

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
An individualized and personalized treatment plan designed to improve cardiovascular fitness. The primary goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to enable an individual to achieve his/her optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and lifestyle change.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important part of the treatment of many heart diagnoses, such as:
  • Heart attack
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery angioplasty or stents
  • Open heart surgery such as coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a service that includes:
  • Prescribed exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness without exceeding safe limits.
  • Education about heart disease along with counseling on ways to stabilize or reverse heart disease by improving risk factors.
    • Reduction/Cessation of Smoking
    • Lowering Cholesterol
    • Controlling High Blood Pressure
    • Weight Loss/Control
    • Improve/Manage Diabetes
    • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
  • Improve Psychological Well Being

What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation has many benefits.  It can:

  • Reduce your overall risk of dying, the risk of future heart problems, and the risk of dying from a heart attack
  • Decrease pain and the need for medicines to treat heart or chest pain
  • Lessen the chance that you'll have to go back to the hospital or emergency room for a heart problem
  • Improve your overall health by reducing your risk factors for heart problems
  • Improve your quality of life and make it easier for you to work, take part in social activities, and exercise

Cardiac rehabilitation can also can reduce stress, improve your ability to move around, and help you stay independent. 

People who get help for their emotional health and also start an exercise program can improve their overall health.  They can lower their blood pressure and heart rate and control their cholesterol levels.  These people are less likely to die or have another heart attack.

Treatment for emotional health also can help some people quit smoking.

*Information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

 Sources: American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

 



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