, or cardiac rehab for short, is designed to help patients with heart disease
recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Aspects of cardiac rehab include:
- Learning how to live a healthier life.
- Recover faster
- Feel better
- Reduce stress
- Reduce the risks of future heart problems
- Develop a healthier lifestyle.
Almost everyone with heart disease
can benefit from some type of cardiac rehab. No one is too old or too young. Women benefit from it as much as men.
Cardiac rehab often begins in the hospital after a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart treatment. It continues in an outpatient setting after you leave the hospital. After you have learned the skills of heart-healthy living, you should continue to use them for life.
You need your doctor's approval to get started in cardiac rehab. Tell your doctor or nurse that you're interested in cardiac rehabilitation, and ask which rehab services or plans are best for you.