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The components of cardiac rehab include counseling, education, and exercise training. When these components are combined into a single program, they can help patients with heart disease recover faster, exercise within their limits, and develop heart-healthy habits that can provide lifelong benefits. The specific components of cardiac rehab can take place in a group or individual setting and vary among patients.

Components of Cardiac Rehab: An Overview

Cardiac rehabilitation, or cardiac rehab for short, is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. The components of cardiac rehab include:
  • Exercise training
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Learning ways to live a healthier life.
Together with medical and surgical treatments, cardiac rehab can help you feel better and live a full, healthy life.
Cardiac rehab often takes place in groups. However, each patient's plan is based on his or her specific risk factors and special needs.

Components of Cardiac Rehab: Exercise Training

The exercise training portion of a cardiac rehab program is designed to help you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles, and improve your stamina. Your exercise plan will be based on your individual ability, needs, and interests.

Components of Cardiac Rehab: Education, Counseling, and Training

Education, counseling, and training as part of a cardiac rehab progam are aimed at helping you understand your heart condition and finding ways to reduce your risk of future heart problems. The cardiac rehab team will help you learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with your fears about the future.
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