In celebration of American Hearth Month in February, let’s talk about
cardiac rehabilitation. What is it? Who needs it? How long does it last?
What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised program to help people
recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention
(PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Patients with chronic
illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF) may also attend this program.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs provide education and counseling services
to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms,
and improve on a heart healthy diet. This reduces the risk of future heart
problems, including heart attacks.
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