- Cardiac rehabilitation is a monitored exercise program that further provides guidelines about nutrition, drug and medicine use and overall lifestyle education to help patients lead a healthy life.
- The main objective of any cardiac rehabilitation program is to reduce the likelihood of future heart problems or associated death.
- Generally, it is a 12 weeks program which focuses on the following components
- Physical fitness and regular exercise
- Nutrition counseling and adopting a heart-healthy diet
- Manage other risk factors of heart disease
- Maintain emotional health
- Stay socially active and engaged
- Cardiac rehabilitation services are holistic, concentrating on the individual patient and providing them with the tools and information necessary to enable long-term health improvements.
- Preventing potential hospital stays in the future
- Improve patient's knowledge to make better heart-healthy choices
- Reduced stress and improved mental well-being
Cardiac rehab is recommended for patients with
- Previous history of heart attack
- Angina (stable chest pain)
- Heart failure
- Heart procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which includes angioplasty or cardiac stenting
- Heart surgery such as coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve repair or replacement
- Heart or heart-lung transplant
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