Cardiac rehab is safe. Studies show that serious health problems caused by cardiac rehab exercise are rare. Also, the cardiac rehab team is trained to handle emergencies. Your healthcare provider can help you choose a plan that is safe for you.
(Click Cardiac Rehabilitation Safety for an in-depth description of the measures your healthcare team will take to keep you safe.)
Your doctor or nurse may recommend a cardiac rehab plan or help you to arrange for exercise training, education, counseling, and other services. Many hospitals and outpatient healthcare centers offer cardiac rehab -- so do some local schools and community centers. You can also check the Yellow Pages for more information.
(For more information, click Finding a Cardiac Rehab Program.)
When you have heart disease, breaking old habits and learning new ones can be stressful. Wondering about your future health can be stressful, too. But the support of family and friends, as well as healthcare providers, can make a big difference in how well you adjust to these changes. If you have angina or have recently had open heart surgery, angioplasty, a heart transplant, or a heart attack, talk to your doctor about cardiac rehab and how it can help you.