What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation doesn’t change your past, but it can help
you improve your heart’s future.
Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to improve your
cardiovascular health if you have experienced heart attack, heart failure,
angioplasty or heart surgery. Cardiac rehab has three equally important parts:
Exercise counseling and training:
Exercise gets your heart pumping and your entire cardiovascular system working.
You’ll learn how to get your body moving in ways that promote heart health.
Education for heart-healthy living: A key element of cardiac rehab is educating yourself: How can you manage your
risk factors? Quit smoking? Make heart-healthy nutrition choices?
Counseling to reduce stress:
Stress hurts your heart. This part of cardiac rehab helps you identify and tackle
everyday sources of stress.
You don’t need to face heart disease alone. Cardiac rehab is a team effort.
You’ll partner with doctors, nurses, pharmacists – plus family
and friends – to take charge of the choices, lifestyle and habits
that affect your heart.
How will I Benefit?
Recovery is a journey
Following a diagnosis of
heart attack or
heart failure, or after a procedure such as an angioplasty or heart surgery, participating in
cardiac rehab is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Cardiac rehab helps
you regain control of your health.
Cardiac rehab doesn’t change your past, but it can help you improve
your heart’s future. Every little step you take toward heart health
helps you take the next step, and the step after that. Fair warning: It’s
not always easy. It’s not always fun.
But cardiac rehab is how you can lower your risk of a second cardiac event.
It’s the path to feeling better than before.
Here are a few ways you will benefit from participating in cardiac rehab. You will:
- Lower your risk of a future cardiac event
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Return to work
- Engage in daily activities you might have missed
Your Cardiac Rehabilitation Team